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Tongue-Controlled Wheelchairs Three-Times Faster Than Sip-and-Puff Models

Sip and puff systems use a straw mounted to the wheelchair to execute four basic commands to drive the chair. The study, which appears in the latest edition of the journal Science Translational Medicine, demonstrated that individuals using the tongue-controlled technology were able to access computers and execute commands far more quickly than those in the traditional sup-and-puff wheelchair – and without sacrificing accuracy in the process. In a statement, the Georgia Institute of Technology (one of the institutions involved with the research) claimed that this was the first paper to show that the wireless and wearable Tongue Drive System can outperform sip-and-puff technology, which is currently the most popular form of assistive technology for controlling wheelchairs for those with very limited mobility.

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