Future Tech: A Computer that Reads Lips

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Scientists at England's University of East Anglia's School of Computing Sciences and Surrey University are working on a computer that can read lips. They've built the software for tracking the movements of a person's face and lips and this software is used to analyze videos of conversations in order to convert them into written transcripts. Funded by England's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the hope is that this system would eventually be a way for the deaf to dictate commands to computers in noisy environments. Dr. Richard Harvey, a professor involved with the project, believes a viable prototype will be available in two years. Currently, the team is working on a library of videos in order to create a database of facial expressions and lip movements used for each letter combination. (via The Raw Feed)

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