Artificial larynx makes a human-sounding voice

Folks who are unfortunate enough to have their larynx removed because of vocal chord problems have had to replace their normal speaking voice with the robotic-sounding voice of a mechanical larynx. Now, South African scientists have developed an artificial larynx that approximates the human voice.

By using 118 pressure sensors to monitor mouth and tongue movement, the palatometer uses a speech synthesizer to produce the correct words in a more natural voice. There's still a 0.3-second delay between you making the motions and the words coming out, but they're hoping to iron such kinks out before they're given to people to use.

Technology Review via PopSci