Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Brainwave Translator

PostedMay 25, 2008

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Randy Atkins:  An electrode attached to your throat could detect the brain signals sent to your vocal chords, and translate them into audible speech through a computer, without you saying a word.

Michael Callahan:  The person doesn't have to actually speak to be heard by someone else on a cell phone.

Randy Atkins:  So Michael Callahan, co-founder of start-up Ambient, says you might soon chat silently from, say, a theater.  He stresses that, since the detection device isn't in your brain, there's no mind-reading of private thoughts.

Michael Callahan:  If you have no intent to actually speak those things, then there is no activity for us to pick up.

Randy Atkins:  Early versions of the technology have already been demonstrated, and first applications will be for those who can’t talk because of disability.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103.5 FM, WTOP Radio.



  • Read a description and watch videos of the Audeo translation device
  • More on how it works