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New Improvements in Tongue-Operated Assistive Technology

Georgia Tech researchers are have developed a magnetic, tongue-operated system to resemble a virtual computer inside the user’s mouth. This “Tongue Drive System” could be used in the future to control computers, maneuver wheelchairs, or even manage home appliances. This system relies upon the work of a tiny magnet under the user’s tongue that is tracked by sensors on the sides of the cheeks. The sensory data is then transmitted into a headset that uses software to convert the movement into commands that are useful for manipulating devices, such as wheelchairs.

Similarly, newAbilities Systems Inc. of Palo Alto, CA has already designed a keypad to be placed on the roof of the mouth for tongue-powered control of electronics.

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