Maysam Ghovanloo: Tongue Drive System

Operate computer or maneuver wheelchair simply by moving tongue The Tongue Drive System is getting less conspicuous and more capable. Tongue Drive is a wireless device that enables people with high-level spinal cord injuries to operate a computer and maneuver an electrically powered wheelchair simply by moving their tongues.

The newest prototype of the system allows users to wear an inconspicuous dental retainer embedded with sensors to control the system. The sensors track the location of a tiny magnet attached to the tongues of users. In earlier versions of the Tongue Drive System, the sensors that track the movement of the magnet on the tongue were mounted on a headset worn by the user.

“By moving the sensors inside the mouth, we have created a Tongue Drive System with increased mechanical stability and comfort that is nearly unnoticeable,” said Maysam Ghovanloo, an associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The new intraoral Tongue Drive System was presented and demonstrated on Feb. 20, 2012 at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. Development of the system is supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation >>>


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Of old technologies.....

by پندارنیک on

More than three decades ago a fragile cloaked old man moved masses by his tongue........

Maryam Hojjat

We Must have Dr. GhovanlooHa in IRAN to

by Maryam Hojjat on

  Serve our country.  Shame on IRR/IRI for all Brain Drain.

Siamack Baniameri

Tongue Drive!!!

by Siamack Baniameri on

I have been using my tongue for years to drive ladies crazy. I knew I should've patented my tongue drive.


Are we going to see the conservatives in US...

by Bavafa on

wanting to stop such progress as well?

 More power to all these phsycians and engineers for working to make life a bit easier for the disable.  We owe them our gratitude.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 


Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Thank you Dr. Ghovanloo! Dame shoma garm for making life so much more meaningful for the disabled.