Dr. Maysam Ghovanloo Presents Tongue Drive System at RESNA

June 21, 2007

Dr. Maysam Ghovanloo presenting at RENSA
Dr. Maysam Ghovanloo presenting at RENSA

At this year's Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference in Phoenix, Az., Dr. Maysam Ghovanloo of NC State's ECE Department and his students presented and demonstrated his Tongue Drive system.

The Tongue Drive system is an assistive technology that allows people with severe disabilities to control a computer system by moving a magnet implanted in their tongue within their mouth.  Inside their mouth, a sophisticated array of magnetic field sensors record the tongue's movement and transmits the data to a computer, which can then interprets the movements as a set of commands and performs the associated programmed actions.

RENSA is an interdisiplinary association with the goal of improving the lives of people with disabilities through the use of technology.  Started in 1979, RENSA currently has over 1000 members.