Operating wheelchairs with a user’s tongue now made possible

by Gavril Mankoo

Operating wheelchairs in the near future could soon turn into an easier task. Since quite a while now, the sip-and-puff technology has been used by the disabled to get around on electric wheelchairs. Making wheelchair controls more subtle and intelligent, the Georgia Institute for Technology has come up with a prototype dental retainer that controls wheelchairs. By tracking a magnetic attachment on the user’s tongue with sensors attached, the retainer fits along the mouth of the wearer. Called the Tongue Drive System, this could pretty much be a game-changing method of providing the disabled with a way to get around in the days ahead.


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