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BlackBlade
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Fascinating Stuff!

I genuinely hope this can be developed into a solution for people with "locked-in" syndrome. But beyond that I think it's just another step closer to being able to speak just by thinking, and that by itself has so many cool possibilities.

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When do they invent the thing that prevents people from saying whatever they are thinking?
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It's called "duct tape." 'Tis a sound investment.
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pun intended?
While the detecting the desired letter isn't revolutionary it is still totally awesome. This sort of thing is really fantastic. It reminds me why I'm in college, to help with such awesomeness.

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This is great! I wonder why nobody has done it up to now?
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As much as I am not a fan of Twitter, I have to admit that is freakin' awesome.
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That's funny, most people seem to twitter without having to use their brains.


:skadoosh!:

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Haha, nice Orincoro. Twitter is relatively new, I'd say that is a primary reason why people haven't done this precise thing before now. But why people haven't done tried extensive emailing is slightly explained in some article I read about this--basically that emailing had too many complexities and it's much simpler to just type your message and then type send on twitter then having to choose a specific person to send it to, etc etc.
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It'd be good to develop a program like this to "learn words"

By this I mean, a person spells out the word, then, once the word is complete, concentrates on "saying" the word in his mind, and the computer learns that word simply by reading the brainwaves to create it. A patient person doing it full time could get a good dictionary compiled in about half a year, and at that point, potentially communicate much faster than anyone simply speaking.

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You're assuming thoughts move faster than speech- especially thoughts which are being converted into speech in your head already. I seriously doubt that's the case.
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quote:
Originally posted by Orincoro:
You're assuming thoughts move faster than speech- especially thoughts which are being converted into speech in your head already. I seriously doubt that's the case.

Potentially, I could see how a computer could display words faster than the human tongue could keep up. It takes a lot of time to say some of our polysyllabic words like...well..."polysyllabic" [Wink]

Or words like "crocodile," "managerial," "transportation," and "cataclysmic." Based on the sheer amount of sounds you have to negotiate, a computer could quite likely keep pace with a person speaking with an extended vocabulary. Now if the technology gets stuck on letters and basic words than no, it will lag considerably behind proper speech.

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Or, it could go to images!

That would be way cooler [Big Grin]

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I read this the other day and was amazed. While it is true that picking out a desired letter isn't revolutionary, the fact that he got that far in so little time leads me to believe there is much MUCH more that can be done with this technology. I'm eagerly awaiting the next development...
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quote:
the fact that he got that far in so little time leads me to believe there is much MUCH more that can be done with this technology
Well, once you've got the ability to pick out a desired letter -- which is the hard part -- writing an interface that allows the finished product to be uploaded to the site of your choice is really pretty trivial.
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