New Tongue Drive System

Users perform better in a tongue controlled wheelchair than a wheelchair controlled by sip-and-puff devices. A tiny magnet on the tongue allows sensors on a helmet to detect the tongue’s movement allowing users to operate devices traditionally controlled by assistive technology like a sip-and-puff devise. The tongue drive, a new innovation in assistive technology for people with severe physical impairments developed at Georgia Tech, can be used to operate electronics like smart phones and computers as well as wheelchairs.

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