Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications (AmritaWNA) has received a new US patent (Patent number US9996168B2) for "Wearable wireless tongue controlled devices”.

The inventors of the patent are Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, Director, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA); K. A. Unnikrishnan Menon, Professor, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA); Divya Pullarkatt, Research Associate, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA) and Revathy Jayaram, Student, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA).

A wearable device and a system to provide an input for a computing device are disclosed. The device comprises a sensing unit to deliver infrared signals to the facial region of a user and to receive transmitted or reflected signals therefrom, and a processing unit to determine the position or movement of the tongue of the user based on the received infrared signals. The processing unit is configured to provide an input to a computing device based on the determined position or movement of the tongue. The system further comprises a transmitter for wirelessly transmitting the input from the processing unit to the computing device.

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