– Speech is a right, not a privilege –

A world where everyone can speak with hands-free EL.

NEWS

2020.10.15

We were selected as the ( James Dyson Award )World Finalist TOP20

2020.10.09

Japanese Online Media, bouncy featured us.

2020.9.17

We won the ( James Dyson Award )in Japan(national winner)

2020.7.14

We are featured on Microsoft Cloud Developer Channel Youtube Video

2020.6.18

We took part in the DMM.make AKIBA event

2020.6.18

2020.6.10

Chip One Stop Online Exhibition 2020 Spring / We gave an online lecture in "Introduction of companies of note from the University of Tokyo who are using Chip One Stop".

2020.5.28

Our story ran in the Inverse

2020.5.20

We are in the Top3 team in Microsoft ImagineCup World Final

2020.4.30

We were introduced on Todai To Texas 2020 web page (Written in Japanese)

2020.4.21

We took part in "a LINK-J special event"(Written in Japanese)

2020.4.2

We were featured in a Japanese TV show, "Nikkei Plus 10, TV Tokyo "

2020.3.16

Due to the influence of coronavirus, SXSW2020, which was scheduled to be exhibited, has disappeared.

2020.2.19

Won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Asian Regional Final. (Listed as NUTONE, which is the former team name)

CONCEPT

Syrinx is a new type of EL (electrolarynx) which uses machinine learning.

Approximately 300,000 people worldwide lose their voices every year due to causes such as laryngeal cancer. In Japan, 4,000 people fall a year. People who have lost their larynx or vocal cords cannot produce sound like others. And communicating with others is essential to living a daily life.

One way to get your voice back is through a machine called an electrolarynx (EL). One hand is blocked when talking using EL. Moreover, it produces only a monotonous robot-like sound. This cylindrical design has not changed for more than 20 years.

To solve these problems, we made Syrinx, a new type of hands-free EL. The neck-brace design ables the hands-free usage.

ABOUT

To generate a more user-like voice we worked on the vibration pattern of the device. These patterns highly depended on the user's voice. So we used voice processing tools to generate the vibration patterns from the user's voice.

TEAM

Lee Kunhak

Engineer

Ahn Jaesol

Engineer

Takeuchi Masaki

Leader / Engineer

Matsufuji Keisuke

Engineer

Ogasawara Yuki

Engineer

ADVISOR

Ifukube Tohru

Professor, The University of Tokyo

Takamichi Shinnosuke

Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo

Ueha Rumi

Assistant Professor at University of Tokyo Hospital

COLLABORATORS

We are working with the Ginreikai, a support group for laryngectomies.

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