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The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab is working on new technology to support a Facebook project focused on developing a silent speech interface that will allow users to type 100 words per minute—five times faster than typing on a smartphone—using only their thoughts.

The project, announced today at the social media giant’s F8 conference, is being led by Facebook’s Building 8, the company’s hardware development and research and development group.

“This program is an excellent example of how APL is transitioning novel technologies … into other domains,” APL Director Ralph Semmel said. “The research agreement with Facebook has also allowed us to expand our pioneering brain–machine interface work, and further combine our expertise in neuroscience with our expertise in optical imaging.”

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