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Girl creates tongue-controlled mouse for disabled people

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2016-11-24 11:24

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The device, called Tongue-Interface-Communication (TiC), consists of a sports mouthguard, which has five buttons and can be pressed with the tongue. This piece is connected via a Ethernet cable to a circuit board, which is linked to a computer with a USA cord.

Emma realized the technologies available on the market were either too expensive or not very efficient.

"It's easy to breathe too hard or look the wrong way, whereas my device uses deliberate tongue pressure," the inventor informed.

TiC, being an affordable product, it can help disable people to use a computer mouse in an efficient way. According to the student, the device be mass-produced for $10 a piece.

"I was just looking at the sort of assistive technology that's already on the market to help people like my friend Tim, and what I was noticing is that the majority of these devices are highly expensive and quite invasive," Emma affirmed.

The girl won the 2016 Weston Youth Innovation Award for her invention, getting a $2,000 prize. She will keep working on TiC, as she is trying to get it patented.

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Emma Mogus, born in Canada, in 1999, developed a tongue-controlled mouse for people with physical disabilities to be able to control computer mouses. She was inspired by her friend Tim, who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

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