Arsh Shah Dilbagi, a 16-year-old high school student from India, has developed a mechanism for those with speech impediments to be able to express themselves by converting their breaths into speech.

Called “TALK,” the device uses breaths of a person as input. Microprocessors inside the device then convert the breaths into patterns as if they were Morse code and translate them into words. A sound speaker then plays the output. The voice output can be configured by age and gender.

TALK speech generating device

Several other devices have already been in the market to help those who are physically unable to use their voices. Popular physicist Stephen Hawking, for instance, uses also uses a speech generating device that costs a fortune. Dilbagi’s invention, on the other hand, is accessible to more people with just an estimated cost of $80. Kids these days sure like to change the world for the better.

[Via ScienceAlert]

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