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Surface electromyographic control of a novel phonemic interface for speech synthesis

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TitleSurface electromyographic control of a novel phonemic interface for speech synthesis
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractMany individuals with minimal movement capabilities use AAC to communicate. These individuals require both an interface with which to construct a message (e.g., a grid of letters) and an input modality with which to select targets. This study evaluated the interaction of two such systems: (a) an input modality using surface electromyography (sEMG) of spared facial musculature, and (b) an onscreen interface from which users select phonemic targets. These systems were evaluated in two experiments: (a) participants without motor impairments used the systems during a series of eight training sessions, and (b) one individual who uses AAC used the systems for two sessions. Both the phonemic interface and the electromyographic cursor show promise for future AAC applications.
AuthorsCler, M. J., Nieto-Castañón A., Guenther F. H., Fager S. K., and Stepp C. E.
Year of Publication2016
PublicationAugmentative & Alternative Communication
Volume32
Issue2
Pages120-130
ISSN0743-4618 (print) 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07434618.2016.1170205
Keywords (MeSH)electromyography, facial muscles, gestures, speech, spinal cord injuries, user-computer interface
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