Quick facts on Improvised Assistive Technology

Looking for Improvised Assistive Technology? Here’s something for you, the (NIDCD) National Institute on Deafness and other communication Disorders provides funds to conduct research works on several Improvised Assistive Technologies.

2 enhanced devices for hearing impaired people are an APD and an ALD. These Developing devices are funded by NIDCD that help people with varying degrees of hearing loss to communicate with others.

APD: – Adaptive Portable Device developed by one team, in which 2 or more users type messages to each other that can be displayed at the same time in actual period. 

ALD: – Amplified Listening Device that intensifies and boosts speech for a group of persons who are communicating in a deafening environment. 

These two Improvised Devices can boost the willingness of the needy to a better living. 

2 Improvised Technology or Devices for non-speaking people. Text to Speech Synthesis System and a Brain-Computer Interface Research. 

  • Text to Speech Synthesis System: The research team sponsored by NIDCD, are on the make of a device for personalized text-to-speech synthesis that synthesizes speech, which is more intelligible and natural sounding, and that can combine within speech-generating devices. Individuals who are at the risk of losing their ability to speak can pre-record their own speech and then convert it into Personal Synthetic Voice. 
  • Brain-computer interface research: This research, also conducted by the scientists funded by NIDCD, studies how neural signals in a person’s brain can be translated by a computer to help someone communicate. 

As an example, to mention, people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) or brainstem stroke lose their ability to move their arms, legs or body, even though they are able to think and reason they are not able to express words. Researchers are on to study how by embedding electrodes on the brain’s motor cortex a person who is locked-in can control communication software and type out words simply by picturing the movement of his or her hand. 

  • Researchers are planning to create a Prosthetic Device that will be able to translate a person’s thoughts into synthesized words and sentences. 
  • A third group of scientists are on the plans of developing a wireless device which monitors brain activity that is triggered by visual stimulation. This method helps people who are locked-in, call for help at times of emergency just by viewing at a selected spot on the device. 

All the above Improvised Assistive Devices when available on the market will surely benefit the right candidates to live their life with much ease. 


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