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Body Modification and Biotechnology

I have always been interested in body modification. Piercings, tattoos, scarification, implants, suspension… everything!
It’s a big part of my life and who I am and I now realize it’s a big part of other’s lives as well.
I stumbled across an article on BME’s ModBlog while I was browsing the archives. It blew my mind! The article was about the Tongue Drive System. 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 just by moving their tongues.

People wear a dental retainer embedded with sensors to control the system. The sensors track the location of a tiny magnet attached to the tongue via a tongue piercing.

When in use, the output signals from the sensors are wirelessly transmitted to an iPod or iPhone. Software installed on the iPod or iPhone interprets the user’s tongue commands by determining the relative position of the magnet with respect to the array of sensors in real-time. This information is used to control the movements of a cursor on the computer screen or to substitute for the joystick function in a powered wheelchair.
Check out this video, it explains things better.
It’s amazing that people who struggled can now have a better life because of technology, magnets, and a piercing!