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While leaving your hands free for other
Your tongue provides much sensory input
yet it is underutilized for those who are
blind or (come to think of it) deaf.
The device consists of a number
electronically controlled of pistons that
rest on the roof of your mouth much like
retainer in a device that looks much like a
The topography of the device on the roof
of your mouth changes with the
information it is trying to display about
your surroundings. For example, it could
display braille letters in one portion of
your mouth while showing off a simple
walking route. It could use Sun
Microsystems Jini system and talk to
nearby crossing lights giving you crossing
information. It could also display the
weather or time in braille.
Future or other versions could come with a
head mounted sonic imaging device that
would display simple information like
barriers or moving objects in relation to
ones person. They could also use varying
degrees of temperature or vibration to
For deaf people the vibration could come
from different quadrants as an output
device to help you determine where
various sound input came from, for
example if someone shouts your name
Uses a matrix of electrodes to stimulate images into the tongue [omegatron, Aug 26 2007]
||A shot of tabasco could indicate an oncoming car.
||(mother to her blind son)
Don't look with your mouth full!
||+ Brings new meaning to the old chestnut: "He couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time."
||<mandatory>I thought this was going to be a tongue-cam</mandatory>
||//a tongue-cam// <perv> I can imagine how that could be useful. <perv>
||I could see issues with eating - the device could get clogged up quickly. Ever eaten gum with a brace?
||Don't eat with it in. Sorta like the same
concept of taking off your glasses
before you poke yourself in the eye a
whole buncha times.
||Baked, but with electrodes instead of pistons. See link.