Assistive Technology News

Mind-Reading Machine Can Voice Your Thoughts

Led by scientists at UC Berkeley, researchers are taking steps toward developing a brain implant that can vocalize imagined words for people with diseases that impair speech, such as ALS. In proof of concept studies published May 11 in Scientific Reports, participants performed tasks involving auditory cues, speech or imagined speech, while electrocorticographic (ECoG) signals […]

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Minimally-Invasive Microelectrode Array Could Enable Brain Control of an Exoskeleton

A minimally-invasive stent electrode array that can be inserted into a 1mm blood vessel can record electric signals of sufficiently high quality to control an assistive mobility device, such as an exoskeleton. According to a paper in the Feb 8 Nature Biotechnology online, the new ‘stentrode’ can be safely implanted via angiography, alleviating the requirement […]

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Add-On Technology Allows Electric Wheelchairs to be Controlled by Thoughts

Researchers led by Kiran George at California State University, Fullerton, have developed an affordable ‘mind-controlled’ electric wheelchair by combining a mobile application with a specialized headset that detects brain waves. The system, which is controlled by specific thoughts and facial expressions, can be easily retrofitted to existing electric wheelchairs, and will be priced under $150, […]

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Japan Approves Robotic Exoskeleton That Helps ALS Patients Move Limbs

Japan’s health ministry has approved the manufacture and sale of a wearable walk-assist robot as a therapeutic medical device for orphan diseases. It is the first wearable medical robot to be approved in Japan. Just one of several such technologies from the Japanese company, Cyberdyne, the Hybrid Assistive Limb for Medical Use, lower limb type […]

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Improved Neural Implant Speeds Typing for ALS Patients

The latest iteration of the BrainGate Neural Interface System (NIS), called BrainGate2, has enabled two paralyzed participants with ALS to type words on a computer screen simply by imagining their finger moving. The patients received implants into their motor cortex of microelectrode arrays , which decoded neural signals produced by the patients to move a cursor […]

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