World Intellectual Property Organization Report on Assistive Technology

Communication, Scholarly Article

The 2021 World Intellectual Property Organization Technology Trends report outlines the current and future implications of assistive technologies crossing over into consumer markets, creating greater access and independence for persons with disabilities. Read WIPO Technology Trends 2021: Assistive Technology.

New Synthetic AI Data May Improve Brain-Computer Interfaces

Communication, News

Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine learning is used in brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) to help identify patterns and decode brain imaging data. A new study published in Nature Biomedical Engineering by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) apply deepfake AI technology in order to improve the performance of brain-computer interfaces to help those with speech impairment or mobility issues. AI Data for Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI).

Mobile EEG in Wearable BCI Devices for Persons with Disabilities

Physical, , Communication, , Cognitive, Video

In this webinar from Wearable Sensing, practical BCI devices are explored using dry electrode EEG headsets. Applications include Alternative and Augmented Communication for persons with speech or communication disabilities, robotic exoskeletons for persons with paralysis, and neurofeedback for persons with cognitive disabilities. Watch on-demand via YouTube.

Evolving Digital Self, Episode 22: Tech That Speaks for You

Communication, Podcast

In this episode of Evolving Digital Self, Cognixion Founder & CEO Andreas Forsland speaks with Dr. Heidi Forbes Öste about augmented and alternative communication through more intuitive technology. Speakprose is Cognixion's award-winning app that helps give a voice to those who may non-verbal. A designer by training, Andreas Forsland also discusses the foundational practice of creating solutions that are accessible to all abilities through Universal Design principles. Cognixion builds assistive solutions with brain-computer interfaces and artificial intelligence components that enable persons with disabilities to communicate with their environment and be more fully independent. Learn more about this podcast episode here

Paradromics Neurotech Pub Podcast | Ep. 7: Neurotechnology Startups and the E Word

Communication, Podcast

Neurotech Pub is a podcast hosted by Matt Angle, Founder and CEO of Paradromics. In this episode, Ana Maiques, CEO of Neuroelectrics and NeuroAbilities Advisory Council member, speaks with Matt Angle, Karen Rommelfanger (Associate Professor at Emory), Anna Wexler (Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at UPenn), and Stephanie Naufel Thacker (Technical Program Manager at Facebook Reality Labs). The podcast discusses the neuroethics of emerging neurotechnology, including the growing field of AI ethics, measures to ensure data privacy, and the role of humans in creating ethical frameworks and policy. This episode is split into three (3) YouTube videos as one (1) playlist. Learn more here

Open-Source Code for Development of BCI-enabled Solutions for Persons with Disabilities

Communication, News

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco open sourced code from its recent brain-computer interface (BCI) breakthrough, called Project Steno, in collaboration with Facebook Reality Labs. Emily Mugler,  a NeuroAbilities Advisory Council Member and Neural Engineering Manager at Facebook, advised the research team as they developed a special framework, called LabGraph, for real-time analysis and feedback of high data streams that enabled Bravo-1 to communicate clearly in full sentences. Bravo-1 experiences paralysis and is unable to speak. Read more from Facebook Reality Labs here.

 

Neuroprosthesis for Decoding Speech in a Paralyzed Person with Anarthria

Communication, Scholarly Article

Researchers successfully translated intended speech into sentences on a computer screen from the brain signals of a man who is paralyzed and is unable to speak. Dr. Edward Chang, a neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, led the team that developed the breakthrough in the latest of over a decade of work to help those with paralysis communicate even if they are unable to speak. The team was supported in part by Facebook Reality Labs and the National Institutes of Health, among others. Read more at The New England Journal of Medicine.

New Brain Implant Transmits Full Sentences from Neural Signals Indicating Intended Speech

Communication, News

Researchers successfully translated intended speech into sentences on a computer screen from the brain signals of a man who is paralyzed and is unable to speak. Dr. Edward Chang, a neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, led the team that developed the breakthrough in the latest of over a decade of work to help those with paralysis communicate even if they are unable to speak. Read more via Scientific American.

Brain-Computer Interface Recreates Bird Song from Brainwave

Communication, News

Neuroscientists have demonstrated a BCI for complex communication signals in birds, accelerating AI-enabled vocal prosthesis for humans. Read more via Psychology Today.

Brain-Computer Interface to Enable ALS Persons to Communicate Earns European Approval

Communication, News

The Wyss Center in Switzerland that has developed the NeuroKey platform to convert nonverbal Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients’ brainwaves into speech has received regulatory clearance in Europe. Read more via Fierce Biotech.