Alisa Brownlee, ATP, CAPS blog offers recent articles and web information on ALS, assistive technology--augmentative alternative communication (AAC), computer access, and other electronic devices that can impact and improve the quality of life for people with ALS.
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Friday, February 8, 2013
When the Mind Controls Machines
From: Ecole Polytechnique
Federale de Lausanne - 01/23/2013
By: Emmanuel Barraud
Researchers demonstrated three non-invasive brain-machine
interfaces at the recent Tools for Brain-computer Interaction European (TOBI)
Since 2008, teams from 13 institutions coordinated by
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have focused on making better
use of signals transmitted by the brain. The researchers presented Robotino,
which combines electroencephalography, signal recognition, obstacle sensors,
and the Internet to enable physically disabled people to take virtual walks in
familiar environments and meet and talk with relatives. Another device,
Braintree, is a graphical interface that enables the severely disabled to think
in order to write and surf the Internet. The researchers also presented a
functional electrical stimulation technique that restores some basic mobility.
More than 100 patients suffering from severe motor impairments have tested the
technologies, and the results are promising. "The road is still long
before the 'turnkey' product is made available to physicians and
patients," says EPFL professor and TOBI project coordinator Jose del R.
Millan. "However, we have paved the way for a new
critical approach to the physical and social rehabilitation of patients."
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