Paralysed Will Soon Use Their Tongues To Move Wheelchairs
American researchers have revealed their new and very innovative device, which empowers those individuals who are unfortunately paralysed. The new device is a technological advancement, which gives paralysed individuals a new method to control their wheelchairs.
A magnetic tongue piercing is all that is required to control the joystick which controls the movements of the wheelchair. This means that wearers will be able to control their wheelchairs by using their tongues. In comparison to the current leading technology that is being employed for similar purposes, the device created by the American researchers has been found to be faster and a little more accurate.
One individual who has been able to test the new system has said that it is very powerful due to it being intuitive. One of the painful requirements needed to use the new device, will be a magnetic tongue piercing. Which is an obstacle many will have to overcome, but the momentary pain should pay off in more ways than just fashion.
Tongue movements require less brain power
Maysam Ghovanloo, director of Georgia Tech’s bionics lab, was the man leading the research. He also watched over eleven testers, as they used the newly designed system to move through an obstacle course which had been designed specially to test the new device.
The magnetic tongue piercing works in conjunction with a headset the user will have to wear. Which is required to detect the position of the tongue in relation to the headset, this in turn translates the movements of the tongue into instructions that are needed to move the wheelchair.
The reason why the tongue piercing was chosen as the controller for the system was revealed by Ghovanloo. Who said that the decision was made due to the piercing being ‘unobtrusive, easy to use and flexible’. Moreover, moving the tongue does not require a huge amount of concentration. The human brain does not employ as much cerebral power for the tongue in comparison to hands. Which means there is the scope to allow for a varied and wide range of movement for those who benefit from the new system.