MouthPad^ is a custom-fit 3D-printed mouthpiece that lets users control digital devices hands-free. Developed by Media Lab spinoff Augmental (a company co-founded by Fluid Interfaces alum Tomás Vega and collaborator Corten Singer), the MouthPad^ received the Grand Prix prize in the Innovation: Early Stage Technology category and Silver in the Health + Wellness: Consumer Products Promotion category at this year's Cannes Lions Awards festival.
The MouthPad^ is a smart oral splint that enables hands-free human-computer interaction using tongue, jaw, head, and breathing gestures. The device combines the most common assistive control interfaces, augmented by the unexploited, intrinsic dexterity of the tongue, empowering people living with impaired hand control to live more independently.
Held annually in Cannes, France, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a global event for those working in creative communications, advertising, and related fields. The awards in the Innovation category celebrate ground-breaking innovation, technology, and problem solving—and the Grand Prix is the highest recognition in the listing. Awards in the Health + Wellness category celebrate creativity for personal wellbeing, demonstrating an inspired approach to consumer healthcare.