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Experiment on a novel user input for computer interface utilizing tongue input for the severely disabled.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19117196     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: This paper introduces a novel passive tongue control and tracking device. The device is intended to be used by the severely disabled or quadriplegic person. METHOD: The main focus of this device when compared to the other existing tongue tracking devices is that the sensor employed is passive which means it requires no powered electrical sensor to be inserted into the user's mouth and hence no trailing wires. This haptic interface device employs the use of inductive sensors to track the position of the user's tongue. RESULT: The device is able perform two main PC functions that of the keyboard and mouse function. The results show that this device allows the severely disabled person to have some control in his environment, such as to turn on and off or control daily electrical devices or appliances; or to be used as a viable PC Human Computer Interface (HCI) by tongue control. CONCLUSION: The operating principle and set-up of such a novel passive tongue HCI has been established with successful laboratory trials and experiments. Further clinical trials will be required to test out the device on disabled persons before it is ready for future commercial development.
Andy Prima Kencana; John Heng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1748-3115     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-01     Completed Date:  2009-04-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101255937     Medline TA:  Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  351-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nanyang Technological University, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Singapore.
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MeSH Terms
Communication Aids for Disabled*
Computer Peripherals*
Disabled Persons*
Electronics / instrumentation
Equipment Design
Task Performance and Analysis
Telemetry / instrumentation
Tongue / physiology*
User-Computer Interface*
Young Adult

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