A new device developed by the Industrial Products Research Institute of the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, is expected to reduce the accident, injury, and death toll caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel. The equipment incorporates a dozing sensor, which senses brain waves. If the driver starts to fall asleep, the apparatus detects this from his brain wave patterns and wakes him up by calling his name. This is only one use of voice-synthesis technology being developed in Japan. Clocks, vending machines, elevators, and fire and burglar alarms can all be programmed to give out information in a human voice. Other automobile monitoring systems that may use human voice warnings in the future include speed control, fuel consumption, and battery charging. Voice warnings have been found to be much more effective than meters. (Author)

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  • Accession Number: 00330589
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM