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Brief Published: 10 Dec 2012



Aisen Caro Chacin, a student at New York’s Parson’s The New School of Design, has created an MP3 music device that fits inside the mouth, conducting sound through the bone of the wearer’s teeth and projecting it to their inner ear.

Chacin, a Master’s student in Fine Arts and Technology, designed the Play-A-Grill’s volume and song controller to be manipulated by the tongue; the controls are mounted on a retainer-like mould that clicks onto the roof of the user’s mouth. If the volume of the device is at a certain level, the mouth can function as a kind of speaker for the music.

Production of the Play-A-Grill is not on the immediate horizon. But its tongue-controlled in-mouth interface could be applied to other devices designed for disabled users, similar to how breath-powered technology (known as “sip and puff” technology) has empowered paraplegics and those affected by severe motor-skill disabilities to control personal vehicles and communication devices.