Speech is a right,
not a privilege
A world where everyone can speak with hands-free EL.
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.
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.
We are working with the Ginreikai, a support group for laryngectomies.