Miyazaki University Creates Facially-Controlled Wheelchair

The folks at Miyazaki University in Japan are in the process of developing a truly revolutionary technology. The video above shows a prototype of a wheelchair that is controlled exclusively by the expressive muscles in the face. Users blink their left or right eye to turn and clench their teeth to start and stop and chair. This intuitive system would be very useful for persons paralyzed from their neck down. In the commercial version, the development team led by Professor Tamura looks to discard the electrode sensors around the user’s eyes in favor of a wireless, goggle-like system.

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