New wearable AI device will give voice to those who have lost it

Hope dies last For people who have lost the ability to speak due to vocal cord dysfunction, regaining their voice can be a long and difficult journey. However, a new wearable device developed by bioengineers at the University of California offers a promising solution. DiscussA new wearable AI device will give a voice to those who have lost it© Ferra

The device is a thin, flexible patch that sticks to the user's neck. It uses machine learning to detect and convert muscle movements into highly accurate, analyzable electrical signals, which are then converted into speech signals using a machine learning algorithm. The patch has a small area, is self-powered and non-invasive, which makes it convenient and comfortable for users.

New wearable AI device will give a voice to those who have lost it© University of California – Los Angeles

This invention by Professor Jun Chen and his team solves an important problem for people with voice disorders. Traditional methods, such as manual laryngeal devices or tracheoesophageal puncture procedures, can be cumbersome, invasive, and uncomfortable. In contrast, the new wearable device offers a safe and convenient alternative.

The research team is actively working to expand the device's vocabulary through further training. The next important step will be testing the technology on people with voice disorders, which will pave the way for its use in the real world.