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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tongue Drive System to Help Disabled


Image 1: Cruise Bogle participates in a clinical trial of the Tongue Drive system, an assistive technology that enables individuals to maneuver a powered wheelchair or control a mouse cursor using simple tongue movements. For the clinical trial, which took place at the Atlanta-based Shepherd Center, Bogle moved his tongue to direct the Tongue Drive system to move the powered wheelchair around an obstacle course. The clinical trials showed that the Tongue Drive system, which was developed by engineers at Georgia Tech, was intuitive and simple for individuals with high-level spinal cord injuries to use.

Image 2: Cruise Bogle, while participating in a clinical trial for the Tongue Drive system, trains the computer to understand how he will move his tongue to indicate the different commands necessary to operate the powered wheelchair forward, backward, right, left and stop. The Tongue Drive system is an assistive technology that enables individuals to maneuver a powered wheelchair or control a mouse cursor using simple tongue movements.

The clinical trials took place at the Atlanta-based Shepherd Center. Once the computer was ready, Bogle moved his tongue to direct the Tongue Drive system to move the powered wheelchair around an obstacle course. The clinical trials showed that the Tongue Drive system, which was developed by engineers at Georgia Tech, was intuitive and simple for individuals with high-level spinal cord injuries to use.

Image 3: Cruise Bogle, center, poses with the Georgia Tech researchers who developed the Tongue Drive system, an assistive technology that enables individuals to maneuver a powered wheelchair or control a mouse cursor using simple tongue movements. Cruise sticks out his tongue to show the small magnet that allows him to perform these tasks. Cruise participated in clinical trials for the system, which took place at the Atlanta-based Shepherd Center.

The research was funded by the National Science Foundation (grant IIS 08-03184) and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. To learn more, see the GA Tech Research News story Tongue Power: Clinical Trial Shows Quadriplegic Individuals Can Operate Powered Wheelchairs and Computers with Tongue Drive System. (Date of Image: June 2009)

Credit: Georgia Tech; photos by Gary Meek

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