Today in non-cosmetic body piercings: A group of engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a way to control, well, just about anything (but most likely, things like wheelchairs) with a combination of a magnetic tongue piercing and a paired retainer. The user would press the tongue piercing against different parts of the retainer to send signals. Shift into neutral! Pretend like you're saying the word "lilt"!
The system is called the Tongue Drive, and it relies on a waterproof retainer on the roof of the mouth containing a Li-ion battery, induction coil for charging, and and several magnetic contact points to detect the position of the tongue-mounted magnet. It'll then beam the signal wirelessly to a mobile device--iOS devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch are mentioned--and the mobile device shoots those commands over to whichever device is meant to be controlled. Theoretically you could use the Tongue Drive for just about anything, but the engineers are specifically looking to replace what's called the "sip-n-puff" system for controlling wheelchairs, sort of like blowing into a straw. The Tongue Drive part of a new crop of wheelchair controls that are far more customizable than before. It's a pretty interesting field--read more about them here.
It is about time that someone came up with a useful purpose for mouth piercings. It drives me absolutely insane when I am stuck next to someone who obsessively plays with their tongue piercing,clicking and clacking as they roll it over their teeth. My only solace is that I know how much damage they are doing to their teeth, potentially biting down on the ball and cracking a tooth. This technology on the other hand, has the potential to help a lot of people with mobility issues. I can also imagine other uses like cursor/mouse control, speech assistance programs and more. Finally a use for the metal sticking out of peoples faces.
Thats really cool, I want one of those for a car. Now what if you get peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth?
Can you eat with it on? And wierder yet try rolling next to somebody and talking with them at the same time, I bet thatll be an intresting conversation...
i could use a controller, for my movable ears....
Please give the person in the illuastration some chap stick. Those lips look painfully dry.
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