TALK – A breath is worth a thousand words

Arsh Shah Dilbagi - the brilliant inventor of TALK

Arsh Shah Dilbagi – the brilliant inventor of TALK

About 1.4% of the world suffer from some kind disorder that renders them completely paralyzed. One way they can communicate is through augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. These AAC devices are expensive, bulky and use eye tracking to help people communicate.

Arsh Shah Dilbagi, a 16-year-old from Panipat, India has invented TALK – a better alternative to expensive, bulky and slow AAC devices. Costing just $80, TALK is affordable to a large population.  In addition to this, it is much much faster than other similar devices! To communicate via TALK all a person has to do is breathe. A microphone in the system interprets the user’s varying breaths as either dashes or dots. The different breaths are interpreted as Morse Code, and then converted to words and sentences. So, just by controlling their breath, one can easily communicate with others!

Watch Dilbagi as he explains how TALK works

Making two major breakthroughs; increasing the speaking rate, and becoming the world’s most affordable AAC device, TALK has landed the young prodigy as the only finalist from Asia in  Google’s Science Fair Challenge. He will be one of the 18 teenagers from different parts of the world to reach this stage. The top project will be announced this month, and the winner gets a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands, a visit to the Virgin Galactic Spaceport, and $50,000 in scholarship funding.

Dilbagi writes “In nutshell, TALK has the potential to change the world by enabling people with disorders like LIS, ALS etc., speech impairments like Dysarthria and even Mutes to communicate and interact with the world like never before. It’s my turn to change the world.”

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