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Brain Implant Translates Thoughts into Speech

Duke scientists developed a device that turns thoughts into speech, offering improved communication in people with motor disorders.

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According to a recent Duke News article, scientists at Duke have developed a speech prosthetic that translates brain signals into spoken words. The technology could potentially aid folks with motor disorders such as ALS or locked-in syndrome, enabling them to communicate via a brain-computer interface. 

Current communication tools for these patients are slow, but Duke’s implant, containing 256 microscopic brain sensors on a small, flexible device, shows promise in translating brain signals related to speech during tests on patients undergoing brain surgery. Though the decoding accuracy was just 40%, the team is optimistic about future advanced variations and are working on a cordless version that aims to enhance natural speech communication.

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