Hawking, the best-selling author of A Brief History Of Time, who suffers with Motor Neurone disease, currently uses his computer to speak by twitching a muscle on his cheek. Each movement is then detected by an optical sensor mounted on his glasses, which allows him to choose letters and words on a computer screen.
He will now be working with a team from Intel to find a way to express himself after a deterioration in his health made it more difficult for him to operate his computer. Continue reading →
You are too angry to update Facebook, please try again later. An early prototype Samsung Galaxy S II shows that your smartphone might soon block you from posting tweets and status updates, depending on your emotional state. Alternatively, instead of blocking you, a little emotional state emoticon could appear next to your tweet so that your followers can better understand your drunk/sad/angry/sleepy tweet. Continue reading →
Panasonic has announced the development of a new technology for fitting hearing aids. Focusing on electroencephalogram (EEG) brain wave patterns recorded when example sounds heard at the normal sound volume are played into the user’s ears during the test, the new technology enables the estimation of the loudest level of sound the user can comfortably tolerate. This development allows the reduction of strain on the users and the time required to fit hearing aids. The company has started clinical evaluation of this method, with an aim to put it into practice as an automatic volume level fitting system for hearing aids in the fiscal year starting April 2015.