AlterEgo: Control Devices with Silent Speech (Video)

by: Joseph On  Friday, April 6, 2018


You heard it here first, folks: The future belongs to people who talk to themselves. MIT researchers have developed a device that allows users to control devices through subvocalization. It’s called AlterEgo, and it could be a game-changer for how humans interface with technology. Here’s how it works:

“AlterEgo is a wearable system that allows a user to silently converse with a computing device without any voice or discernible movements — thereby enabling the user to communicate with devices, AI assistants, applications, or other people in a silent, concealed, and seamless manner. A human user could transmit queries, simply by vocalizing internally (subtle internal movements) and receive aural output through bone conduction without obstructing the user’s physical senses and without invading a user’s privacy.”

That’s right, 2018 is all about bone conduction. You can get a ton more info on AlterEgo, how it works, and its possible applications at MIT’s official site for the project here. And see it in action in the video below.