SA invention soothes stuttering

first_imgThe credit card-sized VoiceAmp 601 Fluency EnhancerTamara O’ReillySouth African inventor Alan Falck has patented a remarkable new device that can help people overcome stuttering. The credit card-sized VoiceAmp 601 Fluency Enhancer uses the soothing effects of choral sounds to allow stutterers speak more fluently.A socially debilitating condition, stuttering occurs when the normal flow of speech is disrupted with pauses, frequent repetitions or a prolongation of the first syllable of words. Speaking before a group of people or talking on the telephone tends to make it more severe. More than 1% of the South African population are stutterers, while 5% stutter at some time and recover spontaneously during childhood.“It is not known what causes stuttering, but what we do know is that it is a complex interplay of a combination of factors like genetics, family dynamics and child development,” says Dina Lilian, speech therapist at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg.There is no cure for stuttering. But for 70 years it has been known that situations where a phenomenon called choral accompaniment occurs – such as singing, reciting poetry or speaking alone – often improve fluency.Knowing that hearing one’s own voice can also cause a person to speak effortlessly, Falck, the managing director of VoiceAmp, invented the device in collaboration with research teams at the University of the Witwatersrand and other South African universities. It is now being successfully marketed across the world.Falck is no stranger to inventions; he has been known to be creative with his hands from the age of eight, when he started making solar panels. His interest in speech aids began when his grandfather lost his ability to speak clearly; Falck invented a device that amplified his grandfather’s vocal chords.How it worksThe VoiceAmp 601 is based on an electronic reproduction of choral accompaniment, where the device receives the user’s voice signal via a microphone. This signal is then processed by the device and altered to produce a choral voice. The choral voice is then played back to the user via an earpiece, which unlocks the stuttering effect and allows the user to speak with little or no interruption.Settings for three different background noise levels can be programmed to simulate noisy to quiet backgrounds at the flick of a switch.“This device helps mainly those with a severe stutter and is best used in conjunction with speech therapy,” says Lilian. “For those who have benefited it really does make a remarkable difference to their lives.”Useful linksVoiceAmpSpeakeasylast_img read more

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Fake Grimlock: Win Like Stupid

first_img(See also Here Fake Grimlock Interview and Here Secret Fake Grimlock Video About Minimum Viable Personality.) Guest author Fake Grimlock claims to be a giant robot dinosaur on a one-dino mission to “destroy suck on the Internet,” replacing it with awesome. In his own words, “This mostly involve punch startups in face with truth until fail beaten out of them.” This post  is an excerpt from his upcoming The Book Of Awesome. LIFE FULL OF STUPID PEOPLE. STUPID PEOPLE THAT WIN WHEN YOU NOT.WHY THIS HAPPEN? UNIVERSE HATE SMART PEOPLE LIKE YOU?NO. IT HAPPEN BECAUSE STUPID WINS.ME, FAKEGRIMLOCK, FAMOUS ROBOT STARTUP DINOSAUR, AM PRETTY STUPID.ME SHOW YOU HOW TO BE TOO. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. fake grimlock Tags:#humor#startups SMART ENOUGH FOR STUPIDEVERY SMART PERSON TERRIFIED EVERYONE THINK THEM IDIOT.STUPID PERSON ALREADY IS ONE, NOT MIND IF PEOPLE KNOW.WORLD SMART. IT HARD TO OUTSMART WORLD. BE IDIOT. OUTSTUPID WORLD INSTEAD.BE TOO STUPID FOR FEAR. TOO STUPID TO STOP. TOO STUPID TO FAIL.BE SMART ENOUGH TO BE STUPID.BE STUPID ENOUGH TO WIN. How to Get Started in China and Have Successcenter_img TOO STUPID FOR BOREDSMART PERSON EVENTUALLY FIND SOMETHING THAT WORK. ONCE FIND, IT KIND OF BORING. LOTS OF SMART PEOPLE FIND WAY TO WIN, THROW IT AWAY FOR EXCITING NEW WAY TO LOSE.STUPID PERSON NEVER GET BORED WITH WINNING. PULL LEVER MAKE MONEY? THEM PULL THAT LEVER FOREVER.THAT WHY YEARS LATER STUPID PERSON RICH, YOU JUST INTERESTING AND POOR.STOP BEING BORED. BE STUPID! DO WHAT WORKS. OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER. TOO STUPID FOR CAN’TTHERE LOTS OF DUMB IDEAS. SOME DUMB ENOUGH THEM CHANGE WORLD.SMART PEOPLE HATE DUMB IDEAS. ONLY THINK OF WAYS IDEA CAN’T WIN.STUPID PEOPLE NOT THINK ABOUT CAN’T WIN AT ALL. THEM JUST DO IDEAS UNTIL ONE CAN.NO LET STUPID PEOPLE HOG ALL THE DUMB IDEAS! GET SMART BRAIN OUT OF WAY. ONE DAY EACH WEEK, TAKE DUMBEST IDEA YOU HAVE. MAKE IT AWESOME.REPEAT UNTIL WIN. TOO STUPID FOR FEARCHANCE OF ANYTHING FAIL 90%. UNLESS STARTUP. THEN IT 110%.STUPID PEOPLE TOO DUMB FOR ODDS. THEM JUST ASSUME NEXT THING WILL WORK.STOP BEING WHINY BABY, CRY ABOUT FAIL. BE STUPID! ASSUME NEXT TIME YOU WIN!EVEN IF FAILED LAST TIME. AND TIME BEFORE. AND TIME BEFORE THAT.EVEN IF CHANCE OF WIN ALMOST NOTHING.CHANCE IF NOT TRY EXACTLY NOTHING. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

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Thiruvananthapuram temple riches spark ownership debate

first_imgKerala’s Padmanabha Swamy temple is being called the world’s richest. Riches worth over Rs one lakh crore have already been unearthed from the underground vaults of the temple, while one more chamber was being opened on Monday. The discovery has sparked off a controversy as to what happens to the treasure now. Does it belong to the public or to the royal family? The wealth was discovered when the underground vaults in the temple were opened on June 27 on the Supreme Court orders following a private petition seeking transparency in the running of the trust and what came out dazzled the seven-member panel appointed by the apex court. The treasure trove in Kerala temple includes a gold sheaf weighing 500 kilos, 18-foot gold chain weighing 10.5 kilos, three-and-a-half feet tall Lord Vishnu idol studded with diamonds, emeralds and rubies, 36-kilo golden veil, 1200 ‘Sarappalli’ golden chains, some sporting ‘navaratnas’, three gold stone-studded crowns, diamonds, precious stones, including cat’s eye, rubies and emeralds and 1,000 kg of gold coins. Former High Court Judge M.N. Krishnan said, “We are expected to take the inventories and submit before the Supreme Court.” Two of the six underground vaults of the temple have not been opened in 136 years. One chamber was last opened 140 years ago. The last remaining chamber – the oldest one termed the B vault, will be opened after July 8. Meanwhile, security has been heavily beefed up in and around the temple complex. But the question is who the wealth belongs to. What happens to this treasure now? Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said, “The government will assist in safeguarding the treasure.”  Former High Court Judge Justice C.S. Rajan said, “That is for the court to decide who is the owner. Who is the authority that is a dispute before the court – whether the maharaj is the owner or somebody else is the owner or the government can take over all this.” Legal Expert V.R. Krishna Iyer said, “The wealth should be used in public interest. The treasure should be handed over to a national trust and spent for the welfare of the poor.” Activist Jaya Jaitley told Headlines Today, “People offer money to the God. The God’s represented by the temple. There is no question that the state can say it has a right over the wealth. There will be huge turmoil in that event. Leave it to the temple.” However, Jaitley added, the temple can use some money for the welfare of the people. “The money belongs to the temple. It’s a great treasure we have found?it’s atrocious to suggest it’s black money,” Sabrimala temple spokesperson Rahul Easwar told Headlines Today. The government, though, says that the treasure will be used in public interest, but only if the Supreme Court allows. Till the time SC decides on who gets the treasure, the world’s richest temple will continue to be the guardian of God’s own wealth.  Experts believe the value of the treasure trove is nearly three times the annual budget size of Kerala. It is almost double of the annual budget of Bihar, which was Rs. 65,000 crore for year 2011-12.  The treasure trove is more than the budgetary allocation for rural development programmes with a total allocation of Rs 74,143 crore. It is four times the annual health budget, which was allocated at Rs 26,760 crore in this Budget.advertisementHow the Kerala temple compares to other rich temples  Five hundred and twenty two silver bricks were recovered from the ancient Jagannath temple in Puri in February this year. The bricks weighing 18 tonnes were worth Rs 90 crore. The recovery, from a room that had remained closed for decades, had been a surprise. It was the Balaji Temple in Tirupati that was the richest Hindu temple in the world, till the Padmanabha Swamy temple surpassed it. The insurance cover for Tirupati Balaji’s jewels is whopping Rs 52 thousand crore. The Tirupati temple is also known to have 3000 kg of gold, worth Rs 42 thousand crore. One third of this gold was deposited with the State Bank of India last year. Several temples in India have crores of rupees worth of wealth as devotees donate gold and other precious objects. But with one more vault left to be opened, the wealth of Lord Padmanabha could possibly be the largest in the world – larger than even the most celebrated religious repository of treasure, the Vatican. While the Vatican has more artefacts of proven artistic, historical and religious value, most of them cannot even be quantified in terms of money. Its Rs 1500-crore annual revenue pales in comparison to the treasure of Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple. The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, maybe priceless, but the gold from the Kerala temple would earn more interest per year, year after year. – With Sreekesh in Thiruvananthpuramadvertisementlast_img read more

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Back on track

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ray Parks Jr. and Mike DiGregorio picked up the scoring in the final two quarters to keep the Elasto Painters grounded and eventually give the Elite their fourth win in five games.TNT broke loose in the third period later in the night and went on to tear Phoenix Pulse to shreds, 114-88, behind some sterling individual performances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTerrence Jones scored 40 points, RR Pogoy finished with a career-high 31 and Jayson Castro completed a triple double with 13 rebounds, 11 points and the same number of assists in the KaTropa’s third win in four games.Coaches from both sides were ejected during the physical first half, with Phoenix also losing Jason Perkins, last year’s top rookie. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Denzel Bowles, another returning reinforcement, posted 27 points to pace Rain or Shine. He made up for a lackluster showing in the reboundingdepartment by sparking a late run that narrowed the deficit to just four.James Yap led Rain or Shine’s locals with 13 points, as Mark Borboran and Ed Daquioag had 10 each in the Elasto Painters’ second straight setback.“We wanted to share the basketball and we did so by getting 20 assists tonight. We also out-rebounded the Painters (56-49). It goes to show that our players are into it and they are working together,” Dimaunahan said.“I commend my players for staying focused. They stayed locked in,” he said.Blackwater takes on a listless NLEX next in the same venue this coming Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Blackwater rode the hot shooting of Roi Sumang and Allein Maliksi for an early cushion and made use of that to turn back Rain or Shine, 98-92, Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Ynares Center here.Sumang and Maliksi, who both came off the bench, caught fire from deep and combined for 12 points to help establish control for the Elite, who went into the halftime break holding a 10-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT Dynamic FC snares Nofa Cup over stunned Barotac LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Phoenix dropped to 1-1.It was a great bounce back for Blackwater, which suffered its first loss in the conference last week at the hands of Phoenix Pulse.“The challenge for us today was to be focused and to bounce back. And tonight they played very well,” rookie coach Aris Dimaunahan said. “We executed better compared to the last game.”Maliksi went on to lead all Blackwater shooters with 19 points, while Parks, Sumang and DiGregorio all finished with 11 or more in another balanced effort from the locals.Import Alex Stepheson had another double-double of 13 points and 20 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

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