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Randy Atkins: When a person is paralyzed from the neck down, tongue movement is unaffected. So Maysam Ghovanloo, of Georgia Tech, is engineering tongue-controlled wheelchairs.
Maysam Ghovanloo: Touch a particular tooth in your mouth and that could mean turn the wheelchair to the right.
Randy Atkins: A small magnet is placed near the tip of the tongue, using adhesive or a piercing. Movement is detected by magnetic field sensors in a headset and the information sent wirelessly to a computer.
Maysam Ghovanloo: The computer then can be interfaced to a whole variety of devices.
Randy Atkins: From wheelchairs to an internet browser or garage door opener. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103-point-5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.
While the technology is still in development, it could be ready in about a year.