Development of a tongue machine interface for quadriplegic patients

DS 87-1 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 1: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Velásquez-López, Alejandro; Velásquez-Rendón, David; Amaya-Quiroz, Juan Sebastian; Jimenez-Franco, Luis David; Trefftz, Helmuth
Series: ICED
Institution: Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
Section: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies
Page(s): 449-458
ISBN: 978-1-904670-89-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


This article presents the development and validation of a wheelchair mobility solution. The solution is based on a Tongue Machine Interface (TMI) involving the use of Force Sensing Resistors (FSRs). The semantics and functionality of the development are compared with two other interfaces: a Joystick and a Brain Computer Interface (BCI) implemented on the same wheelchair. Each development is described from the electric, mechanic and informatic domains. Surveys and user’s tests were performed in order to explore which technology had a more positive impact on the mobility of quadriplegic persons in terms of effectiveness, better ergonomics, lower costs and better functionality. The quantitative and qualitative results are described and analyzed.

Keywords: Biomedical design, Case study, Design engineering, Inclusive design, Integrated product development


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