Talk to the hand, cause the face – it ain’t listenin’. Now that is a pretty bad ass way of trying to look and sound cool in one’s juvenile years, although a slight variation of the above would see the replacement of the word ‘hand’ with ‘nose’. Why so, you ask? Well, NOSE is an invention by a 16-year old which is able to translate outgoing breathes into Morse code – pretty nifty if you were to use it to let disabled people communicate with the rest of the world.
For people who suffer from serious disabilities like Parkinson’s or motor neurone disease, communication can be incredibly difficult. But a 16-year-old-has designed a device that could provide a promising solution, as it lets people communicate using just their breath. Called Talk, the device works by recognising shorts bursts of air as Morse code and turning the words and sentences into speech, enabling the severely paralysed to communicate with others. Talk, from Indian Arsh Shah Dilbaghi, is one of 15 finalists in Google’s Global Science Fair project, reports Business Insider. He says that 1.4 per cent of the world’s population suffer from disorders that make regular communication all but impossible. In addition he says current devices are expensive and bulky, and do not offer a suitable alternative to regular speech.