Emerging Technology Sponsored Extreme Blue project wins European Expo
A team of undergraduates working for IBM over the summer has developed a medical application for a pharmaceutical computing that records and plays back spoken words.
The Extreme Blue™ program is IBM's premier internship program for top-notch students pursuing software development and MBA degrees. Working in teams of 4 each team is challenged to develop the technology and business plan for a new product or service that addresses an existing market challenge. The Extreme Blue European Expo is an annual event at which the company’s interns demonstrate their projects
Josh Lind, who is studying Computer Science at Imperial College said "This is a project that tries to solve the problem of people who have lost their voice through laryngeal cancer, where the voice box is removed."
Many patients use a prosthesis or an electrolarynx to communicate, which result in the loss of personality in the person's voice. The technology is also expensive for the NHS.
The Voice Bank application banks a person's voice before the voice box is removed. It deconstructs spoken sentences into phonemes. The team designed and built a website that allows users to store their voice, and an Android app that will help them communicate after surgery.