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My attention was drawn to tongue controlled devices by a story on Slashdot- Robotic "Tongue" Lets You French Kiss Over The Internet. The device was created at The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo [1] and has a "motion-sensing receptacle that records your tongue's movements and then sends that information to a corresponding machine in your partner's mouth."

From searching, I found there are more serious applications of tongue controlled devices, such as ones created by groups at Aalborg University in Denmark and at Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S.:

A group at Aalborg University in Denmark created a device [2] that allows users to type using the tongue. An activation unit is placed on the tongue itself, and a device with a key area and a mouse-pad area is put in the mouth and can be attached to the teeth. The user can then type by moving the tongue to the key area and the mouse-pad area.

At Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S., the tongue drive system [3] has been created, which allows users to control devices using their tongue. A magnetic tracer is attached to the user's tongue and tongue movements are then translated into user-defined commands to control devices, such as a wheelchair. The tongue drive system was shown to allow users to perform complex tasks in a wheelchair, such as navigating through an obstacle course.


1. Diginfonews (2011, May 1). Kiss Transmission Device #DigInfo. YouTube. Retrieved May 4, 2011, from

2. Andreasen Struijk, L.N.S., Lontis, E.R., Bentsen, B., Christensen, H.V., Caltenco, H.A., & Lund, M.E. (2009). Fully integrated wireless inductive tongue computer interface for disabled people. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2009. EMBC 2009. Annual International Conference of the IEEE, vol., no., pp.547-550, 3-6 Sept. 2009.

3. Xueliang Huo & Maysam Ghovanloo. (2010). Evaluation of a wireless wearable tongue–computer interface by individuals with high-level spinal cord injuries. Journal of Neural Engineering. 7 026008.
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Today’s CAIR (Centre for Applied Internet Research) lunchtime seminar at Glyndŵr University was by Monir Bhuiyan, who gave an interesting talk on Gesture Controlled User Interfaces for Inclusive Design. The prototype application that has been created is open source and uses a webcam to allow elderly and disabled people (or anyone really) to use gestures to control applications via the television screen.

The abstract: Gesture Controlled User Interfaces for Inclusive Design.

April 2014



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