Target: Maysam Ghovanloo, director of Georgia Tech’s bionics lab
Goal: Praise Maysam Ghovanloo and the team of scientists who created a new assistive device to help people who are paralyzed
People with disabilities often struggle doing even everyday tasks, simply because they exist in a world that was not designed for them. Common building features, such as stairs, can pose huge roadblocks to people who want to be able to have the same independence and freedom of movement as everyone else. But for people who are paralyzed, their struggles can be much bigger than a few stairs.
Luckily, there is a new innovative device on the market that will make a huge difference to people who are paralyzed. The new device is wireless. In order to use it, the tongue of the user must be pierced with a special magnetized stud. The stud looks exactly like any other type of tongue body jewelry, but it acts as a joystick. Simply by flicking their tongue in the direction they want to go, users can move their wheelchairs, and gain new independence.
The stud can also be used to wirelessly direct a cursor around a computer screen. Considering everything available to people through their computers, including commercial goods, food, and work, the dual nature of this joystick device is efficient and the level of independence and mobility it will provide to people who use it is incredible. Please thank the team of hardworking and innovative scientists and inventors who assembled such a helpful yet discrete assistive device.
Dear Maysam Ghovanloo,
Thank you for putting so much work into this life-changing device for paralyzed individuals. Even though it is not on the market yet, when it is, many people who are paralyzed and in wheelchairs will undoubtedly be thrilled to have access to a device that is several times more efficient than current technologies on the market. People who are paralyzed often have to rely on other people to do even everyday tasks, a dilemma that you and your researchers recognized when you started to design this new device.
Thanks to the Tongue Drive System, which uses a joystick-like tongue piercing to direct a wheelchair, people who are paralyzed will have much more independence and freedom of movement. Furthermore, since the device can be used to also direct the cursor on a computer, they will be able to utilize the internet for everything that the average person uses it for, including work, shopping, and socializing.
Thank you again for recognizing a need and working so hard to design a new technology to meet that need. Because of you and your team of hardworking people, more people who are paralyzed will have unprecedented levels of independence physically, socially, and mentally.
[Your Name Here]
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