San Francisco-based accessibility start-up Augmental has introduced an intriguing device, MouthPad, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), turning your tongue into a cursor for your iPhone and other devices.
As the name suggests, MouthPad is a smart mouthware designed to assist iOS navigation using Apple’s Assistive Touch. However, it goes beyond and can function as a Bluetooth mouse for Windows, Linux, and Android devices when placed on the roof of your mouth.
This gadget is making waves not only for its unique concept but also for its compatibility with various devices, indicating it could be ready for market release. The MouthPad, resembling a retainer with touchpad, battery, and Bluetooth radio, is crafted from dental-grade resin commonly found in dental aligners and bite guards. The battery, produced by Varta, a medical implant-grade battery manufacturer, currently offers a battery life of about five hours, with plans to extend it to eight hours by March.
Weighing only 7.5g and 0.7mm thick, with a 5mm thick touchpad area, the MouthPad sits comfortably on the right side of the palate, surrounded by the upper teeth. When connected to an iPhone, it transforms into a cursor, allowing users to move, navigate, and open apps or menus. Despite potential challenges like a slight lisp, similar to wearing regular retainers, the device enables users to speak while wearing it.
Each MouthPad is individually 3D-printed based on dental impressions provided by customers during the ordering process.
Currently available for early access users, Augmental plans for general availability later this year, offering assistance with setup, calibration, and ongoing support. Explore the future of hands-free device interaction with MouthPad.