About the Product

    • All standard mouse functions supported

    • Virtually invisible when worn

    • Custom fit to users’ mouth

    • Does not/minimally affects speech

    • Links to almost any computer or mobile device

The Smart Mouthware Computer Mouse can be thought of as an orthodontic retainer with a built-in wireless mouse. It can connect to multiple devices like phones, tablets, computers, and AR headsets, and allows a user to control the cursor, scroll, swipe, and click (left, right, and click-drag) with their tongue. All standard mouse features are supported. Customers are provided an easy-to-use at-home impression kit. The impression is then used to form each device to the users mouth at an ISO13485 approved orthodontic laboratory. Because of this level of customization, Smart Mouthware takes up very little space on the roof of the mouth, and speech is minimally, or completely unaffected. This allows a user to seamlessly jump between using other voice assistant devices and using the SmartMouthware Computer Mouse. Our goal is to make Smart Mouthware available for purchase as soon as June 2020, but we need your help! Click the link at the bottom of the page to donate today!

Development Status

    • Functional Prototypes

    • Preliminary Testing

    • Alpha & Beta Testing

    • Regulatory Testing and Certification

Help us finish development! We have built and tested several functional prototypes, designed build documents and quality control procedures, and identified suppliers and manufacturing facilities. Preliminary fit and comfort testing has been performed on a small number of users. We are asking for help to fund additional user testing, final adjustment of features and designs, and regulatory testing and certification.

Development Timeline To-Date

  • 2004 -  Colin is injured. After intense rehab, he returns to school and struggles with head/eye/voice technology. Colin envisions a tongue-operated computer mouse.
  • 2008 - Colin enlists the help of student engineers to study computer mouse in a retainer. The project dies when semester ends.
  • 2013 - Colin has received masters degrees and is working for the National Park Service. He continues thinking about a computer mouse in a retainer.
  • January, 2014 - JJ begins building tools for tongue-neuroscience research. He registers Sapien LLC.
  • February 2019 - JJ launches the Cthulhu Shield on Kickstarter ( now for sale at https://www.sparkfun.com/products/15897). JJ takes this device to his local university assistive tech resource center.
  • May 2019 - Colin and JJ connect on email for the first time. The first concept sketches of Smart Mouthware Computer Mouse are produced. JJ begins investing Sapien’s available funds into SmartMouthware Computer Mouse development.
  • September 2019 - The first functional prototypes are designed and built by JJ and shown to Colin. Comfort and size concerns are evident, as are manufacturing concerns. The need for wireless charging becomes clear. JJ’s business partner begins an electrical redesign. JJ and Colin begin work on a User Experience (UX) document.
  • October 2019 - JJ visits his other business partner in St. Louis and tours his orthodontic laboratory. JJ gets feedback on his business plan and manufacturing concerns and spends time with their product development team to try to figure out solutions. JJ and Colin finish the UX document. JJ begins drafting and maintaining a Product Requirements Document.
  • December 2019 - JJ’s business partner has been redesigning the electronics for two months. JJ has been working on manufacturing and comfort problems. After many failures, a comfortable and manufacturable mock-up is produced. Speech is minimally affected during use. Colin approves key features in the product requirements document.
  • January 2019 - Three fully functional (rigid) electrical prototypes are built from the new designs. JJ writes the first components of production firmware, post-assembly test code, and the structures for different use modes. An accelerometer and haptic feedback hardware has been added to the design. Circuit problems are found during prototype testing and corrected in the design. Touch sensitivity problems are discovered and fixed. Wireless charging circuits are built and charging circuits are laboriously tuned.
  • Feb 2019 - Sapien runs out of money to finish development. JJ considers his options to finish the product, and decides GoFundMe is best way to complete development without increasing the cost of the product to the end user.

Crowdfunding Development Budget

  • $2,500 - Build of mockup devices and functional prototypes. Delivery of units for Alpha user testing. Compilation and analysis of user feedback.
  • $5,000 - Safety and reliability changes to hardware to eliminate unsafe or annoying failure mechanisms.
  • $6,000 - Fine tuning of firmware features pre-delivery of Alpha units. Subsequent additions and changing of firmware features based on user feedback from Alpha testers.
  • $4,000 - Basic mechanical and electrical adjustments and design changes based on Alpha-tester feedback.
  • $1,500 - Build and delivery of devices for Beta testers. 
  • $2,500 - Generation and compilation of necessary documents for FCC certification. 
  • $10,500 - Materials and outside-service build costs for Alpha and Beta prototype builds.
  • $5,000 - Testing fees at accredited testing laboratory.