The human tongue may play yet another very important role besides enabling man to speak with clarity and taste food, that is, reversing the incapacitating effects of traumatic brain injury or TBI. This therapeutic role of the tongue was discovered by scientists at the Tactile Communication and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory in the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It involves a treatment process that is expected to greatly improve the condition of people suffering from different types of brain injuries.
The human tongue has sensory receptors that are attached to the nervous system; some even go straight to the brain. By stimulating these sensory receptors through the use of the Portable NeuroModulation Stimulator, or PoNS, brain functioning is found to have gotten better.
PoNS is a battery-powered electronic device intended to treat traumatic brain injuries which cause prolonged impairments to a person’s balance, coordination and memory. It was actually used to treat over 250,000 US soldiers between 2000 and 2012.
With the release of their newest phone, the iPhone 5S, Apple introduces the installment of the M7 motion-sensing coprocessor. The M7 will be able to detect and read motion constantly while managing to preserve and extend the phone’s battery life. Motion-sensing technology in previous models of the iPhone worked under the phone’s main processor, which (when opened) would interfere with other applications, resulting in battery drainage. The M7 is unique in that it works separately from the main processor.
In addition to providing greater energy efficiency, the M7 is an important step in further developing technology that is recognized and controlled by gesture. This means that products will be even more intuitive and user-friendly while saving energy. Currently, motion-sensing technology is used by fitness apps like Nike Fit and Argus, but in the future motion-sensing technology could expand to track average heart-rate and stress-levels. This knowledge could be a powerful tool in monitoring overall well-being. Other phones like the Motorola Moto X allow users to operate the phone with some gesture and motion-based cues. Though this technology is in the developing phases, it could be advantageous in a more hands-free and user-friendly phone experience for people of all ages.