Ambient Corp. has designed a compact system that helps people who can't speak because of neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy or other problems. Its Audeo, a wireless sensor worn on the neck, captures the wearer's neurological activity going from the brain to the vocal cords. This activity is digitized and turned into speech, letting users communicate in person or by phone. A Texas Instruments' MSP430 microcontroller uses little power and manages overall consumption so the Audeo can last more than eight hours on a single charge.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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