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Currently, there are gadgets with advanced technology that can read our minds and operate accordingly. Rather they study and observe the signals in people’s minds and turn them into actions. Now, the researchers at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have developed a wearable device, which can hear our thoughts. The users just need to wear it on their faces and the gadget will be able to listen to all their thoughts.

“The system consists of a wearable device and an associated computing system. Electrodes in the device pick up neuromuscular signals in the jaw and face that are triggered by internal verbalizations — saying words ‘in your head’ — but are undetectable to the human eye. The signals are fed to a machine-learning system that has been trained to correlate particular signals with particular words,” stated MIT.

As per the team, the idea of making this wearable device came at a time, when the researchers were working on solving a problem regarding how humans and machines can be blended together in a more disciplined way.

According to Arnav Kapur, the lead researcher of the study, it’s already there, however, in quite a disruptive way. For example, how we have become dependent on our smartphones; whenever we want to look up something we have to take out our phones, enter the passcode, open an app, type the desired keywords and it, so on and so forth. So, this entire process basically takes away the user’s attention from his/her surroundings.

With this wearable, on the other hand, a user will be able to “think” of anything they want and that will happen. So, the entire process will be internal and will not disturb the real world.

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This device will also be able to control the users’ other gadgets remotely. For example, changing the channel of the television without moving from the bed – it will all happen in your head.

Although the look of the wearable is not so elegant; it’s still in its nascent stages and, surely, will evolve with time.


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