FOR KIDS: A new way to eavesdrop

Sunday, June 23rd 2013. | Science News

Scientists film throat movements to decode the spoken word

By Stephen Ornes

Web edition: June 21, 2013


See what he’s saying?

A high-speed camera offers a new way to eavesdrop — without a microphone or lipreading.

Credit: Courtesy of Yasuhiro Oikawa

Eavesdroppers soon might have another way to monitor far-off conversations. All they will need is the right camera, pointed at a speaker’s throat.

When you talk, your voice box jiggles can reveal what you’re saying to an eavesdropper, reports a new study. Its authors include engineer Yasuhiro Oikawa and other researchers from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

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