Wheelchair controlled by a body piercing

Wheelchair controlled by a body piercing

The BBC reported on the technological development that enabled an individual’s tongue piercing to control their own wheelchair. The tongue has been identified as a key command centre even in the event of a spinal cord injury that may leave the body paralysed with tetraplegia. With the insertion of a tiny magnet participants in the trial, 23 able-bodied people and 11 with tetraplegia, they were able to control a wheelchair via six positions in their mouth.

The director of research at the charity Spinal Research, Dr Mark Bacon, said the ultimate goal remained regenerating the spinal cord but living aids were "needed now".

This could be a significant breakthrough for wheelchair users and we hope to be able to see our customers demonstrate their ease of driving into their wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Image thanks to Gary Meek