Indian boy invents device that can convert breath to speech. Arsh Shah Dilbagi, only Asian in the 15 global finalist at the Google Science Fair 2014
Indian boy invents device that can convert breath to speech
Arsh Shah Dilbagi, a 16-year old boy from Panipat, Haryana, invents a portable and affordable device that can convert breath to speech. Dubbed as “TALK“, it is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device (AAC) that can be used by people with Developmental-Disabilities (DD) like Locked-In Syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis etc. He is the only asian in the 15 Global Finalists in the Google Science Fair 2014, a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18.
Approximately 1.4% of the world population suffer from Developmental-Disabilities which is more than the entire population of Germany. Current AAC Devices are very slow, bulky and cost thousands of dollars. Talk is much faster, portable and generic and will be affordable as the total investment cost is about 80$ [Rs. 5000]. Talk uses MEMS Microphone for sensing forced exhales and Morse Code for dictation of words.
Voting for the competition closed on 15th September and the winner will be announced on 23rd September. The Grand Prize includes a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, a visit to Virgin Galactic Spaceport and $50,000 in scholarship funding. A complete list of prize details can be found here.