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  Future mobile phones will lip read
Updated 04 April 2002, 11.03

You know what it's like - you're trying to get some peace and quiet and all you can hear is someone yabbering away loudly on their mobile phone!

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That annoyance could soon be over because experts in Japan are working on a new mobile that can lip read!

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3G mobiles can take your picture!
3G mobiles can take your picture!

The phones recognise words through electrical signals sent by mouth muscles, says New Scientist magazine.

These signals are then turned into speech, text messages or even e-mails!

The scientists say the phones are still making little mistakes and haven't quite got the hang of it yet, but they are getting there.

Along with mini-cameras attached to the 3G phones of the future, it could change the way we communicate on our mobiles.

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And they could even help people who have permanently lost their voice to communicate.

The phones won't be available for at least five years. But 3G phones with cameras are expected in the shops by the start of next year.

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