Research

Our team has been working on multiple wearable technology projects:
Over 3.5 million people in the USA suffer from amputation or paralysis. Our team works on developing discrete and easy to use assistive devices designed to improve the quality of life of a wide population of disabled individuals. The Tongue Ventures devices are composed of patient-specific retainers that are operable by the tongue. The tongue is selected as a medium of interaction due to two main reasons: 1) tongue is directly connected to the brain and bypasses the central nervous system; therefore, allowing the tongue to remain functional in cases of paralysis and spinal cord injuries, 2) tongue is hidden inside the oral cavity enabling the development of discrete hidden assistive devices, that addresses the social stigma associated with attracting unwanted attention when using assistive devices. 
 
Each device consists of an array of touch sensors that can communicate wirelessly with a wide range of Bluetooth-enabled devices. This allows for the users to utilize a wide range of modern technologies. As technology continues to expand, we aim for our device to allow those with disabilities the increased opportunity to take advantage of new technologies in everyday life.
 
The devices are also designed to augment human’s communication by enabling silent communication capabilities, and also being adaptable to provide haptic feedback for various sensory substitution applications. For more information see this link.

Wearable Biosignal Acquisition System:
We have been working on developing miniature modular wireless data acquisition systems that could be used in the laboratory by researchers and in clinics by doctors. These miniature system could also be used by the general public in everyday life for biosignal tracking applications.
We have been working on developing affordable EEG acquisition and processing systems for the field of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering.
Corrective haptic feedback: 
We have been working on developing a device that provides corrective haptic feedback to the users with gate abnormality.
Also see class projects.
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