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November 27, 2013 AT 7:00 am

Tongue Mouse! #WearableWednesday

Ben Krasnow build his own tongue-controlled computer mouse by taking apart a trackball and molding the sensor into a retainer. So cool!

I wanted to test the idea of using the tongue to control a computer. The most obvious way would be to map x/y coordinates in a Windows-style UI with tongue movements constrained to a plane. This doesn’t work terribly well, as even though the tongue has fine motor control, it’s very difficult to smoothy achieve the 2D movements needed to operate a system that has been developed around a classic mouse. I think there is possible applications for swipe interfaces, carousel menus, yes/no input, etc.


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