Saturday 5 July 2008

Tongue Drive System; provides Severely Disabled with More Independence

A new assistive technology developed by engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology could help individuals with severe disabilities lead more independent lives. The novel system allows individuals with disabilities to operate a computer, control a powered wheelchair and interact with their environments simply by moving their tongues, (video).

The research team has also begun to develop software to connect the Tongue Drive system to a wide variety of readily available communication tools such as text generators, speech synthesizers and readers. In addition, the researchers plan to add control commands, such as switching the system into standby mode to permit the user to eat, sleep or engage in a conversation while extending battery life.

Healthcare and assistance costs, look to be significantly reduced, since this technology will help severely disabled individuals less reliant on caregivers and family members

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