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  • Researchers Develop Tongue-Driven Wheelchair System Powered by iPhone, iPod Touch


    Georgia Institute of Technology engineers have devised a tongue-based driving system for people with high level spinal-cord industries.

    The Tongue Drive System comes in the form of a dental retainer instrument activated by a tongue piercing. A tiny magnet is attached to the piercing and the dental retainer is armed with sensors that track the movement of the magnet. These signals are wirelessly transmitted to an iPod Touch or iPhone where software installed on the device's interprets the userís commands. This is then used to control the movements of a cursor on the devices screen which replaces the joystick function in similar powered wheelchairs.

    Earlier versions of the prototype involved a complicated headset, but the headset would shift during use causing a need to re-calibrated the device frequently.

    "By moving the sensors inside the mouth, we have created a Tongue Drive System with increased mechanical stability and comfort that is nearly unnoticeable," Maysam Ghovanloo, an associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
    The researchers have developed a universal interface that attaches to wheelchairs and includes a charging dock and a container for leaving the retainer overnight for charging. The system can also be trained with multiple commands unlike the common sip-and-blow mechanisms used to control powered wheelchairs. the researchers will conduct trials on able-bodied individuals before moving into clinical trials.

    Source: Wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Researchers Develop Tongue-Driven Wheelchair System Powered by iPhone, iPod Touch started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. bingo24's Avatar
      bingo24 -
      This is hilarious Pretend when they would kiss xD
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Btw. It's just Georgia Tech.
    1. DeathOfLife's Avatar
      DeathOfLife -
      Thats Just Dumb As If A Little Joy Stick Was To Hard To Control, Just Saying
    1. Gerneio's Avatar
      Gerneio -
      Quote Originally Posted by DeathOfLife View Post
      Thats Just Dumb As If A Little Joy Stick Was To Hard To Control, Just Saying
      Your an idiot; if they have a spinal injury as they were saying then this would be very useful for those kind of ppl cause they do not have control over their limbs. How about you read before you make your self look like an ***.
    1. crankz1's Avatar
      crankz1 -
      ...people with high level spinal-cord "industries"
      Obviously should be injuries.
    1. theroyalwe's Avatar
      theroyalwe -
      Quote Originally Posted by DeathOfLife View Post
      Thats Just Dumb As If A Little Joy Stick Was To Hard To Control, Just Saying
      It specifically says that this is aimed at patients with high level spinal cord injuries, meaning they might not be able to control anything below the neck, or lack fine motor skills in the hands. It isn't for fat americans who can't walk because they ate too much and now roll around in their electric wheelchairs.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Quote Originally Posted by DeathOfLife View Post
      Thats Just Dumb As If A Little Joy Stick Was To Hard To Control, Just Saying
      That comment was just dumb!!!
    1. Brandon T-lock's Avatar
      Brandon T-lock -
      Seems pretty cool, but how do they deactivate it when they don't want to use it? Do they always need somewhere right there to remove the retainer?
    1. budsalinger's Avatar
      budsalinger -
      Wow that's very cool and innovative. And a little funny. I was just picturing my 90 years young grandmother down at the local tats and piercing shop getting a tongue ring. Lol. I love my grandma.
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by manickbarry View Post
      That comment was just dumb!!!
      I think you've all been pwned.
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      Hah I used to be a part of a lab at the University of Washington that worked on almost exactly this same thing. A retainer with sensors that you can use your tongue to control a wheel chair, and play tetris.