Wireless control of smartphones with tongue motion using tongue drive assistive technology. Conference Paper uri icon


  • Tongue Drive System (TDS) is a noninvasive, wireless and wearable assistive technology that helps people with severe disabilities control their environments using their tongue motion. TDS translates specific tongue gestures to commands by detecting a small permanent magnetic tracer on the users' tongue. We have linked the TDS to a smartphone (iPhone/iPod Touch) with a customized wireless module, added to the iPhone. We also migrated and ran the TDS sensor signal processing algorithm and graphical user interface on the iPhone in real time. The TDS-iPhone interface was evaluated by four able- bodied subjects for dialing 10-digit phone numbers using the standard telephone keypad and three methods of prompting the numbers: visual, auditory, and cognitive. Preliminary results showed that the interface worked quite reliably at a rate of 15.4 digits per minute, on average, with negligible errors.

name of conference

  • 2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology

published proceedings

  • Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc

altmetric score

  • 4.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, J., Huo, X., & Ghovanloo, M.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Jeonghee||Huo, Xueliang||Ghovanloo, Maysam

publication date

  • August 2010