Thursday 23 November 2017

Video: Incredible tongue controlled wheelchair for those with paralysis

Newly developed wheelchair offers the chance of independence for paralysed people.

Researchers who developed the technology at The Georgia Institute of Technology in the United Stated believe that it will "revolutionize mobility and independence for victims of major spinal cord injuries."

Researchers at Georgia Tech believe that the invention will improve the lives of the more than 250,000 people in the United States who are paralyzed from the neck down.

Operation of the chair is through a tiny titanium barbell pierced through the tongue. A wireless device that operates the specially rigged chair enables users to use the barbell like a joystick.

Merely by moving their tongues left or right across their mouths, paralysed patients have been able to move their motorized wheelchairs, as well as computer cursors. Tapping tongue against cheek, quickly or slowly, controls the chair's speed.

The advance promises to improve the lives of the more than 250,000 people in the United States who are paralyzed from the neck down.

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