Publication/Creation Date
April 4 2018
Arnav Kapur (creator)
Patti Maes (contributor)
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) (contributor)
MIT Media Lab (contributor)
MIT Fluid Interfaces Group (contributor)
Media Type
YouTube Clip
Persuasive Intent
AlterEgo is a wearable system that allows a user to silently converse with a computing device without any voice or discernible movements — thereby enabling the user to communicate with devices, AI assistants, applications, or other people in a silent, concealed and seamless manner. A human user could transmit queries, simply by vocalizing internally (subtle internal movements) and receive aural output through bone conduction without obstructing the user’s physical senses and without invading a user's privacy. AlterEgo aims to combine humans and computers - such that computing, the internet, and AI would weave into human personality as a “second self” and augment human cognition and abilities.
One could also argue that AlterEgo is Augmented Reality because it augments verbalizations and thoughts in real time with virutal information.
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Ear, Mouth, Throat, Tongue
Marketing Keywords