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The University of Oxford developed a new app that can more accurately read lips to make communication easier

Lip reading is a tricky business. Even those who master it are never entirely accurate. This is why we should all pay lip service to University of Oxford’s Department of Computer Science for developing a new software called LipNet, which can accurately decipher words and sentences by simply studying one’s lips.

With a 92 percent accuracy rating, the AI software ranks 13 percent higher than the average leading-edge lip-reading software. How? By focusing on sentence construction rather than deciphering one word at a time. The program also has learning capabilities, enabling it to become more accurate over time. While further development is still necessary, this technology could fulfill various needs, like helping deaf individuals communicate and improving smartphone voice commands.

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