Name of the Technology : Speech Enhancer
Disability Sector : Cerebral Palsy
Function : Communication and speech aids
Category of research : Upgradation of existing technology/product
Brief description of the product/ technology:
Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder caused by paralysis, weakness, or inability to coordinate the muscles of the mouth. Dysarthric speech can be far less intelligible than that of non-dysarthric speakers, causing significant communication difficulties. People with dysarthria may also have problem controlling the pitch, loudness, and rhythm and voice qualities of their speech. Dysarthric speech can vary from mild unintelligibility to severe impairment.
This prototype is tested for only word level utterance of the subject. It’s performance was about 70%.once it is done with a sentence level utterance for perfect enhancement of speech using appropriate algorithm for implementation into hardware, it could be fitted as a wearable device after rigorous testing, clinical trials and, ethical clearance.
Sufficient data sets from speech and hearing centre for investigation, would result in improved technology.
Readiness level of the product/technology: Proof of Concept (alpha level)
Anticipated time to reach the next readiness level: More than 12 months
Anticipated time for the technology/product to come in the market: More than two years
Any Hindrance(s) being faced w.r.t. the development of product/technology: Lack of Funds, Lack of Industry Partner
Anticipated cost: Not Available
Contact Details: Dr.C.Lakshmi Deepika-Associate Professor & Mr.E.Sreedhar Kumar, Senior Manager
PSG TIFAC CORE in Product Design,PSG College of Technology & Department of Bio-Medical Engineering, PSG College of Technology