Controlling Devices Using the Ear as an Output Source
- Created on Friday, 01 September 2006
Using sound waves captured in the inner ear, this technology creates an enhanced method of device control. Sound waves are generated in the inner ear by talking or making tongue movements. A small, unobtrusive earpiece captures these sound waves, and then converts them into control signals for various devices. This creates a very accurate and hands-free method of controlling devices such as military robots, medical equipment, and computers including PDAs, cell phones, and gaming controllers. By capturing sound waves in the inner ear and using powerful transfer functions, almost all ambient noise is cancelled, creating clear, consistent signals. Additionally, the user can conduct normal conversations while using the system. The signal outputs are generic and can control a wide variety of devices, and can be used with traditional joysticks.
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