The Straits Times
Published on Nov 27, 2012

Want to change the TV channel? Stick out your tongue


A team from Ngee Ann Polytechnic has invented a new device to help those who do not have use of their limbs, control their television sets remotely - with their tongues.

This means people, including stroke patients and others with severe spinal cord injuries will be able to, among others, switch TV channels or adjust the volume.

The device, designed by six members from the polytechnic's engineering school, consist of a headset that is connected to a mouthpiece with an infra-red sensor.

Tapping on what the inventors refer to as assistive technology, the user is able to scroll through TV channels and increase or decrease the volume by sticking out his tongue.