Tongue-controlled MouthPad, a milestone in inclusive tech innovation

Science  |
Editor : Selin Hayat Hacialioglu
| Last update :

Advancing digital interaction, the MouthPad introduces tongue-based commands for diverse users, from individuals with disabilities to hands-busy professionals

Tongue-controlled MouthPad, a milestone in inclusive tech innovation

MIT Media Lab spinoff Augmental has introduced a device that offers a new level of digital accessibility.

Designed as a hands-free touchpad, MouthPad allows users to control computers, smartphones, and tablets using their tongues. This could be particularly helpful for those with disabilities.

Co-founders Tomas Vega and Corten Singer highlight MouthPad's role in expanding digital access beyond those with mobility challenges. Its design caters to "hands-busy" scenarios, making it useful for a wide range of professionals, including surgeons and gamers.

"As our lives become increasingly intertwined with technology, and the world expands from the physical to the digital, it’s more important than ever to ensure that everyone has equal access to control inputs and new interfaces," Vega said. "Interactions with these systems must be designed to cater to how humans perceive, process, and act."

This innovative gadget, weighing a mere 7.5 grams, sits comfortably across the mouth's roof, remaining almost invisible to others. It's a game-changer in terms of inclusivity, providing over five hours of continuous use with a Bluetooth connection. Each MouthPad is tailor-made using dental-grade materials, 3D printing technology, and electronic encapsulation.

However, the MouthPad is more than just a touchpad. It's an intelligent device that uses a machine-learning algorithm to analyze tongue movement, translating it into precise cursor commands. This technology enables users to perform various tasks, from sending emails to playing video games, all with simple tongue gestures.

Augmental's MouthPad was showcased at CES and is currently available on an early-access waiting list. No additional software installation is required, and it is compatible with major operating systems like iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Source: Newsroom

WARNING: Comments that contain insults, swearing, offensive sentences or allusions, attacks on beliefs, are not written with spelling rules, do not use Turkish characters and are written in capital letters are not approved.