TKS is a company based in Aalborg, Denmark. We have developed a new technology that, in many cases, makes life easier for people with low or no mobility. Our ambition is to provide solutions for our users, so they can obtain high quality of life with active use of internet, SmartHome control and being part of the digital society and workforce.
The Itongue® device fits inside the mouth, like a brace, and is controlled by the patient’s tongue, meaning it can be used by people with a high level of spinal cord injury who are unable to operate conventional controllers, because the tongue is controlled by the brain, not the spinal cord.
The Itongue® device comprises two pads. The top one, with 10 sensors, it is a keyboard. It is used to write out messages on a computer, for example, and works in the same way as texting on an T9 system mobile phone, with the “number 2” position responsible for the letters A, B and C if pressed once, - You hold it and it will shift by itself on and adjustable Dwell time depending on the users and their training. Upon that we put a word prediction system that calculates the words just like on a modern Tablet or a Smartphone.
The bottom pad consists of eight sensors, which indicate direction and can be used to control both a mouse on a PC, a Tablet, a Smartphone or a wheelchair.
The use of the tip of the tongue is quite muscle-consuming, and the best solution to overcome this task is a tongue piercing. This gives the user both a high precision and is less muscle-consuming. A lot of paralyzed people don’t have a lot of muscle durability, so they quite rapidly grow weak using the tongue. There are significant benefits of the piercing – the use of muscles is reduced and the device becomes easier to work with than without a piercing.
Ihandle® is CE marked for sale in Europe, and US FDA approval will follow in the future.
TKS has developed a finger-controlled device (Ihandle®), which works in the same way as Itongue®, but outside the mouth. It is made for paralyzed people with very little movement left in one finger, and has capabilities way past those of a normal keyboard and mouse control unit. This is yet another area of unmet need.
ICtrl® is a finger-controlled device which works as an app on a Smartphone or a Tablet. This gives the user a possibility to control the electrical wheelchair directly from the Smartphone. We believe that users of electrical wheelchairs are using smartphones and tablets, so why not make it easy and take away all the control units sitting on the electrical wheelchair.