AlterEgo is a wearable neural interface that allows humans to command a virtual assistant by articulating words through thought.

By reading neuromuscular signals sent from the brain to both the face and jaw during internal speech, the headset can identify the words you think and translate them into a response. The device sends audio feedback via bone conduction, without disrupting the user’s auditory perceptions or unplugging them from their environment.

The device is in prototyping stage and, once rolled out, could be fundamental in helping those unable to speak out loud due to illness or injury to communicate.

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