March 23, 2004
The Voice Inside (And Just Below) Your Head
I don’t want to make this into a gee-whiz-lookit-that kinda blog here, but this is so 2001 it hurts:
It turns out that when you read or talk silently to yourself — you know, the ol’ internal monologue — your brain actually still sends subtle signals to your tongue and vocal cords. They’re not strong enough to make you start gabbing, but they are strong enough for a computer to detect. A super-smart NASA computer.
So NASA now has the beginnings of a system to recognize this “subvocal speech,” which they will use to, you know, control rovers and stuff.
But mark my words — mark my words! — in the year 2025 we’re all going to be wearing little dingbats on our necks and mumbling to our cars and cell phones.
(Thanks to Gizmodo for the link!)