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London: A team of Scientists from London, which includes an Indian doctor, has developed a machine which can help patients with severe paralysis by analyzing and interpreting their breathing patterns.

The prototype analyses changes in breathing patterns and converts ‘breath signals’ into words using pattern recognition software and an analogue-to-digital converter.

A speech synthesizer then reads the words aloud.

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The device can transform the lives of millions of sufferers of severe paralysis and loss of speech, researchers said.
“This device could transform the way people with severe muscular weakness or other speech disorders communicate,” said Atul Gaur, consultant anesthetist at Glenfield Hospital, England.

“In an intensive care setting, the technology has the potential to be used to make an early diagnosis of locked-in syndrome (LIS), by allowing patients, including those on ventilators, to communicate effectively by breathing — an almost effortless act,” Gaur added.

Co-researchers David Kerr and Kaddour Bouazza-Marouf from Loughborough University said the device learns from its user, building up its knowledge as it goes.

It allows the user to control how he or she wishes to communicate “effectively enabling them to create their own language by varying the speed of their breathing”.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Huawei to showcase world’s 1st smartphone-driven car

Huawei will showcase its "RoadReader" project at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain on February 26-27

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During the test, the smartphone-driven car did not hit a real dog sitting right in the middle of the road and moved on from the side.
During the test, the smartphone-driven car did not hit a real dog sitting right in the middle of the road and moved on from the side. Pixabay

In a first, Huawei has unveiled a technology that uses Artificial Intelligence-enabled smartphone to drive a car that can not only identify objects on the road but make smart decisions to avoid collisions or hitting someone.

In a video released by the China-based technology giant, the driverless Porsche Panamera is controlled by Huawei’s flagship “Mate 10 Pro” smartphone that can “understand its surroundings”.

“Our smartphone is already outstanding at object recognition.

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We wanted to see it in a short space of time we could teach it to not only drive a car, but to use its AI capabilities to see certain objects, and be taught to avoid them,” said Andrew Garrihy, Chief Marketing Officer at Huawei Europe.

According to a report in theinquirer.net on Friday, Huawei’s ‘RoadReader’ project “pushed the boundaries of its object recognition technology and put the learning capabilities, speed and performance of its AI-powered devices to the test”.

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company.
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company. Wikimedia Commons

During the test, the smartphone-driven car did not hit a real dog sitting right in the middle of the road and moved on from the side.

The camera app on the “Mate 10 Pro” can tell the difference between food, pets, landscapes and more.

Huawei will showcase its “RoadReader” project at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain on February 26-27. (IANS)

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