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It’s On the Tip of My Tongue …

Apr 26, 20061 min
Data Center

If you want to get information into someone’s brain without distracting them visually or through any other sense what do you do? You send data through their tongue …

From AP via Yahoo! News: “By routing signals from helmet-mounted cameras, sonar and other equipment through the tongue to the brain, [the researchers] hope to give elite soldiers superhuman senses similar to owls, snakes and fish.” Hyperbole aside (“superhuman sense” … sheesh!) the story is really interesting. The article discusses divers using the interface to “read” compass bearings and “see” objects. It also briefly discusses the system as augmentation of the blind or partially sighted. Makes me salivate just thinking about it …


Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at

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