Japanese Invent Lip-reading Mobiles

14 April 2002
Posted by Chris Smith.

Do you get sick of being surrounded by people yelling into their mobiles? It doesn't matter whether you're on the train, in the shops, in a posh restaurant - you are guaranteed to overhear some complete stranger discussing his latest break up in public. But there is hope! A Japanese engineer is developing a lip reading mobile phone, according to New Scientist this week. You simply mouth your words into the phone and a sensor picks up the tiny electrical signals from your facial muscles. The phone then works out what you're saying and converts it into a text message or email! No more yelling "I'M ON THE TRAIN!" A new mobile phone that uses bone-conduction to let you hear your callers through your skull ! Mobile phone design that can iron-out background noise

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