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Scientists Developing Technology That Uses the Tongue to Control Computers and Gadgets

Say Ahh! Tongue Technology Lets You Lick to Control Gadgets

I have never actually licked my phone or any other gadget that I own (I love them, but there is a line. Tongue love crosses it), but scientists are developing technology that would utilize your tongue to control computers and home gadgets.

The technology, called the Tongue Drive System, is being made primarily for patients with disabilities, and the concept involves using your tongue as "a joystick" to control wheelchairs, home appliances, and computers.

This is especially beneficial for those who are paralyzed from the waist down, since the tongue is controlled by the brain and not affected by the spinal cord. Technology: licking another problem!


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Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Ok, I thought this was a joke at first, but now that I read the application of this kind of tech, I like it. I have a classmate that is paralyzed from the shoulders down, and he has the blow-tube navigated wheelchair...which doesn't always work when the winds on your campus are hurricane-force sometimes.
ScrabCak ScrabCak 8 years
There was a joke about this in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hedwigs manager had a cellphone implanted in her head and controlled it with her tongue, it was cut from the finished film, but you can see it on the DVD special features. Because of that it's hard to take the idea of this being a real life technology seriously...
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i guess if i had no arms?
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