Tuesday, July 27, 2010

(TECH) Israeli Communication Technology For The Disabled

"There’s a new way for severely disabled people to communicate with the outside world — sniffing. That’s right. Sniffing.

Israeli scientists have created a nose-powered device that severely paralyzed can use to control a computer. A small tube carries the breath of a person to a tiny sensor that detects changes in pressure. A computer translates the puffs into letters, allowing the person to type.

'I have a locked-in patient who sends me e-mails,' says Noam Sobel, a neuroscientist at Weizmann Institute in Israel who’s developing the approach."

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