Innovation Allows Paraplegics To Drive An Electric Wheelchair

Innovation Allows Paraplegics To Drive An Electric Wheelchair
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A device that converts nasal pressure into electrical signals offers a way to communicate and move.

Dan Gould
  • 27 july 2010

A new kind of control device can help the severely handicapped drive wheelchairs simply using nasal pressure. Popular Science reports:

Israeli researchers have sniffed out what could become a way to give paraplegics and those suffering from “locked-in” syndrome a means to communicate with the outside world and even drive a wheelchair using their noses. Using a device that converts nasal pressure into electrical signals, the team has successfully enabled locked-in patients to write messages independent of stimulus and allowed paraplegics to effectively navigate an electric wheelchair.

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