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Research to turn your tongue into a joy stick

When I first read that on happynews.com, I thought I was on a site I shouldn’t be viewing from work.

Then I read a little more and realized it was a story about how very smart students and researchers at Georgia Tech University are using technology to develop way for disabled folks to use their "tongues like joysticks" to control stuff. From happynews.com:

The group’s Tongue Drive System turns the tongue into a joystick of sorts, allowing the disabled to manipulate wheelchairs, manage home appliances and control computers. The work still has a ways to go — one potential user called the design ”grotesque” — but early tests are encouraging.

The system is far from the first that seeks a new way to control electronics through facial movements. But disabled advocates have particularly high hopes that the tongue could prove the most effective.

”This could give you an almost infinite number of switches and options for communication,” said Mike Jones, a vice president of research and technology at the Shepherd Center, an Atlanta rehabilitation hospital. ”It’s easy, and somebody could learn an entirely different language.”

Pretty impressive! I suggest DIFF readers check out the full article. It’s worth the read.

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  1. The group’s Tongue Drive System turns the tongue into a joystick of sorts, allowing the disabled to manipulate wheelchairs, manage home appliances and control computers. The work still has a ways to go — one potential user called the design ”grotesque” — but early tests are encouraging.The system is far from the first that seeks a new way to control electronics through facial movements. But disabled advocates have particularly high hopes that the tongue could prove the most effective.

    Posted by: James | August 30, 2008

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