Cellphones to soon read lips?
The device uses electromyography, normally used to diagnose nerve damage. Right now, 9 electrodes need to be stuck in your face for the invention to work, and even Professor Shultz admits that the device is not yet ready for prime time. Still, she hopes that the technology could be melded into the design of future handsets. Besides being perfect for the library or the hospital, the technology can help those who have lost their voice to communicate via a computer. It also can be used for instant translation systems where a phrase is said in one language and is translated immediately to another language through a synthesized voice.