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09. 23. 2007

Robot reproduces human mouth movements for speech

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Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science and the Musashino Red Cross Hospital are developing a robot capable of reproducing oral movements necessary to produce human speech. The prototype robot, an artificial mouth with a tongue made of silicone and a lower jaw driven by artificial muscles, can mimic tongue and lower jaw movements for reproducing Japanese vowel sounds. The movements are controlled by a computer program based on magnetic resonance imaging of oral movements of the human mouth during speech. The team is next working on building lips and a palate necessary for enunciating consonants, with the ultimate goal of developing a robot that can be used for speech therapy and for teaching foreign languages.

Via The Nikkei Weekly (subscription).

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Cool Supporter:

Am I the only one thinking dirty here?

Edward Gooze, Ph.D.:

This project is an exciting step for the Communication Sciences, and for Professionals involved in treating communication problems. It has potential applications for delayed children and for some stroke and facial reconstruction patients.

These advances might also necessitate increased Medical interventions, such as obtaining prescriptions for elective Estrogen and/or Testosterone Antidotes for readers like Cool Supporter.

Thanks for posting this interesting and seemingly kinky report.

Edward C. Gooze, Ph.D.
Biobehavioral Specialist and Family Coach

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