Dolphins use whistles to call each other by individual names

Dolphins have individual signature whistles.

Humans use particular vocal labels for objects and for people. These are called words, and names. There are many animals that use sounds to convey information such as a wolf’s howl.  Some creatures, such as parrots and dolphins, can learn specific vocal labels. And wild dolphins are known to have particular, individual signature whistles. Scientists at Scotland’s St. Andrews University wanted to know: can these whistles be used as labels?

 

 

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Vocal Joystick Allows Disabled To Use Computers

Vocal Joystick Allows Disabled To Use Computers 

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed the ‘Vocal Joystick’ software, which allows disabled people to use computers in a better way. The software allows the computer to be driven by sound, in pace of the conventional functioning mouse. The difference between the Vocal Joystick and other technologies is that it does not use standard voice recognition technology and instead detects basic sounds at about 100 times a second and generates a fluid and adaptive cursor movement. It is said that the system allows users to exploit large sets of sounds for continuous and discrete movement. The Vocal Joystick does the job with the help of a microphone, computer with a standard sound card and a user who can vocalize.

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Touch-Hear – Knowledge At Your Fingertips

 Touch-Hear - Knowledge At Your Fingertips

 Touch-Hear Concept Design Incubation Centre

The Design Incubation Centre has hatched a concept that would probably make pocket dictionaries a thing of the past. That means, next time you come across an unfamiliar word, you wouldn’t flip pages of a thesaurus or search Google for it. Scrolling your fingers through the word or a phrase in the book will speak its meaning or related information in your ear. The name “Touch-Hear” itself throws light on the modus operandi of the technological concept. The makers haven’t spoken much about its canopy of features, so I wonder if language compatibility would be an issue.

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