POHANG, Dec. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – An inter-university research team has successfully incorporated motion sensors with morse code to open up the possibility of two-way communication with victims of full-body paralysis.
Researchers from Postech and Chungnam National University made the announcement on December 19, with the details of their research included in the scientific journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
To develop hypersensitive sensors that are capable of detecting even the most minor body movements, the researchers said they studied the legs of spiders, as the eight-legged animal’s sense of touch is known to be extremely refined.
The full-body sensors can effectively detect the pulse of the human body, and can also read body movements like tremors or the shifting of joints.
Once the sensors pick up on these movements, the data is transmitted via morse code, allowing paralyzed patients access to a means of communication.
Professor Lim Geun-bae of Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) said, “[The technology] can be implemented in multiple fields, and its modest production costs and simple method of utilization will help it become widely used.”
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