Arsh Shah Dilbagi, 16, a student from Delhi has invented TALK, and Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC) Device that helps people with developmental disabilities such as Locked-in Syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, those with speech impairments like Dysarthia and even Mutes, to communicate in a normal form of speech.
The simple design, affordability and portability make TALK unique as it is the only AAC Device in the world that uses breath as a way of interaction. The Device uses the variations in a person’s breath and helps him or her to dictate letters, that are combined and synthesized as sentences. TALK has nine different voices for different genders and age groups and is compact so it fits into one’s pocket. The user has to place the sensor under the nose and make short and longer exhales to send dots and dashes which are converted into words and phrases.
TALK is available at a cost of $199 that includes the AAC device and the ear-clip. One can also buy just the ear-clip for $99 and use it with existing AAC devices.
Dilbagi wants to take his initiative forward and continue working for a cause that could help people at large. At present he has pledged to give away one free device to someone in need for every 3 devices sold.