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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...
02-25-2012, 11:45 AM #1
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 user’s 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.
02-25-2012, 12:49 PM #2
This is hilarious Pretend when they would kiss xD
02-25-2012, 01:00 PM #3
Btw. It's just Georgia Tech.
02-25-2012, 01:33 PM #4
Thats Just Dumb As If A Little Joy Stick Was To Hard To Control, Just Saying
02-25-2012, 02:11 PM #5
02-25-2012, 02:19 PM #6
...people with high level spinal-cord "industries"
Obviously should be injuries.
02-25-2012, 02:20 PM #7
02-26-2012, 02:17 AM #8
I wish I had a miniature elephant that fit in the palm of my hand. I would pick him up and he'd lift up his trunk and stand on his back legs and say PRRRRRRRRRRRRMMMMMMMMMPPPPPPPPPHHHHHHHH and I would say yes little elephant i love you too.
02-26-2012, 06:07 AM #9
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?
02-26-2012, 06:29 AM #10
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.
02-26-2012, 12:31 PM #11
02-26-2012, 03:23 PM #12
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.