How does the TDS compare?
The other major system out there is the Sip and Puff (SnP) device that uses a tube with changes in air pressure to control the mouse. Instead of having to get a magnet implanted or pierced into a person’s mouth, they simply have to calibrate the system.
By comparison, the TDS takes down the SnP in every category from speed to usability. The TDS tests have shown that it has much more optimal uses and can use many different devices while the SnP is rather limited in usage. Because this product is so new, there is no hard data comparisons yet other than how the tests of each system stack up side by side.
What tests are being done?
The first batch of tests that were rub by developers was with 6 able bodied individuals just testing basic functionality. This determined that reaction speed of the commands was going to be an issue. The second round of tests was with 11 individuals that all that major spinal cord injuries. These were to see if the TDS was actually suitable for its target audience and based on feedback, the TDS has been successful with its audience. Many of those 11 participants have indicated interests in future testing. Originally it was design that users would need to wear a headset in order to control the TDS and make things operate. Developers since have created a retainer that users can put in their mouths in order to control the system. This increases accuracy, and overall appeal to potential users that they will not need a bulky headset to live.
How does Price compare?
The estimated price range for this would be between $8000-$9000. This may sound expensive initially but after thinking about the cost of any other device that helps enable the lives of handicapped persons, it is just slightly higher than normal. This cost is mostly important when it comes to insurance companies covering costs for potential clients.