NTT Working On Subvocalizing

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I recently reread the Ender’s Game series, and I was thinking how cool the “subvocalizing” concept was, where some of the characters in the books could talk to the computer system simply by moving their mouths, rather than actually saying the words. Of course, I didn’t think something like that would become a reality – but it seems that researchers at NTT DoCoMo are working on just such a system. It’s a sensor that would detect your jaw movements so that it can interpret what you want to say just by the motion of your mouth – and you wouldn’t have to make any noise. They’re still working on it and don’t expect anything to be available for at least another five years, but it’s a pretty cool concept.

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