San Francisco-based company Augmental Technologies created a Bluetooth mouse that can be worn within a user’s lips, according to design publication Core77.
The MouthPad was designed to aid paraplegics in using various electronic devices, such as computers, cellphones, and tablets, and is worn in a manner similar to a mouthguard, as reported by Core77. The trackpad can be navigated with a suck-in action for a right click or a tongue press for a left click.
In a nutshell, it has great potential to be a game-changer in terms of making technology more accessible.
The MouthPad is a Bluetooth-enabled touchscreen that can be navigated with the tongue. It is placed across the top of your mouth, making it undetectable to others while giving you access to all the functionality of a regular touchpad right at the tip of your tongue, as the business describes on its website. “The possibilities with the MouthPad are endless,” it reads, “whether you’re looking for a new way to unleash your creativity or a seamless way to interact with your personal devices.”
It goes on to say, “Our mission is to make using computers easier for everyone.”
The site also claims that the MouthPad is made to have minimal effect on the user’s speech, which is useful for anyone who needs to communicate with others or who uses voice recognition software for other purposes.
Potential customers can now sign up for a waiting list to try out the product during its beta phase.
In all seriousness, this has the potential to revolutionize life for those who are paralyzed or otherwise unable to use their limbs to interact with the technologies that are so central to most people’s everyday lives and the world at large. And it may be a wonderful tool for anyone to utilize.