…TALK is an AAC – augmentative and alternative communication – device that translates air blown from a users nose and sends it to a box to be turned into speech. It was created by 16 year old Arsh Shah Dilbagi to offer an affordable alternative to bulky and expensive AAC devices.
The device was created to help people who suffer from LIS, ALS, or other conditions that can completely paralyze those afflicted with them. Upon discovering that traditional AAC devices can cost several thousands of dollars and remain frustratingly slow to use, Arsh decided to create a device that was cheaper, faster and more affordable.
TALK works when the user creates two exhales through the nose, distinguished by intensity and duration, that it converts into electrical signals that can be translated from morse code into a computer generated voice. Users can “type” out entire words or sentences, or they can enter shortcuts that would trigger pre-selected phrases. TALK converts the morse code into English, and the user can choose between nine different voices.
Arsh entered his invention into the Google Science Fair where he took home the Voters Choice Award. Not only was his invention impressive on its own, but the rate at which it produces text and commands combined with the inexpensive price tag of about $80 have been hailed as significant breakthroughs. If TALK goes into production, it will be the least expensive AAC device available on the market today….
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