A prototype device called Chewit that could allow users to control electronics with their mouth has been developed by a team at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland.
The size of a stick of chewing gum, Chewit is designed to be placed in a person’s mouth and is operated by biting down on it.
Consisting of a flexible printed circuit board, Chewit could, for instance, allow a user to answer a phone call with one bite.
Associate Professor Suranga Nanayakkara, who led the team that developed the device, said he wants technology to be more responsive to human behaviour rather than vice-versa.
“We want to design and develop systems that can understand the user rather than us having to tell the technology what to do every time — technologies that can understand us much better than technology currently does,” he said.
And so, with Chewit, hands-free interaction with a phone or computer could one day be nothing more than a mouthful.