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March 13, 2019

You might have heard of wearable gadgets – but how about chewable technology?

University of Auckland researchers have been pioneering a device which would allow the user to answer a phone call simply by biting down on it.

ChewIt, developed by the Auckland Bioengineering Institute's Augmented Human Lab team, is a tiny piece of technology encased in a flexible, custom-made printed circuit board.

By being operated from within your mouth, it enables discreet and hands-free interaction with your phone, computer or smartwatch.

It was developed by Associate Professor Suranga Nanayakkara, who made international headlines in recent years with the FingerReader, a prototype device worn on the finger that allows users to point at words, which is then translated to voice.

Along with ChewIt, Nanayakkara and his team have developed GymSoles, a pressure-sensitive device that vibrates, giving users feedback to help them maintain the correct body posture.

GymSoles was tested and shown to be effective on peopl...

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