From Labs to the Marketplace: The Promises of Neurotechnologies for Assistive Technologies


Neurotechnologies have emerged as an exciting new field, promising novel and innovative assistive solutions that can transform the lives of persons with many types of disabilities. While these neurotechnologies, including brain-computer interfaces, have been under development for some time, major players have recently entered the field, accelerating research and development, increasing investments and competition, and showing definite progress towards marketable solutions. This rapid growth has serious implications, which require increased interactions between all members of the field, including persons with disabilities.

Presented by NeuroAbilities, G3ict’s latest think tank program, the session explored some of the most potentially impactful types of solutions that are emerging from labs. The session was part of a hybrid virtual forum held at the M-Enabling Summit on October 5, 2021. Watch the full video recording.

Dry Electrode EEG from the Real to the Virtual World

Physical, Video

In this webinar from Wearable Sensing, Walid Soussou introduces audiences to dry electrode EEG wearables, how they work, and applications for the real world and virtual reality. An overview of the headset design and its signal quality is demonstrated through both resting and ambulatory activities. For more on how the dry electrode headsets work and integrate with BCI tools, watch the webinar on-demand on YouTube.

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.

The Future of Everything Podcast: Turning Thoughts About Handwriting into Text

Physical, Podcast

In this episode of The Future of Everything, Dr. Krishna Shenoy discusses how brain-computer interfaces can turn thoughts about handwriting into text to control external devices. Dr. Shenoy of Stanford University is hosted by Russ Altman as they talk about the implications for those experiencing paralysis as well as the wider public. Learn more here.

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

OECD Workshop on 'Neurotechnology in and for Society: Deliberation, Stewardship and Trust'


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Workshop 'Neurotechnology in and for society: Deliberation, stewardship and trust' - virtual event hosted by Switzerland on 19-20 May! During the two days, you were among over 140 participants from 25 countries and 110 different institutions.

Experts from the public and private sector, academia, as well as non-governmental, non-profit and patient organisations discussed issues of societal deliberation, stewardship and trust that are vital in the notion of 'Neurotechnology in and for society'.

The event focused on gathering good practices and experiences related to Principles 5 and 8 of the Recommendation on Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology which was adopted by the OECD Council in December 2019.

G3ict NeuroAbilities | Opening Remarks by Patrick McGovern on the Launch of the NeuroAbilities Webinar Series


Patrick McGovern (Chair of the Board of Trustees, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation) gives the opening remarks on the launch of the NeuroAbilities Webinar Series. Watch the video on YouTube.

G3ict NeuroAbilities Interview Series | Episode 2 with Theresa Vaughan and Mike May

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Theresa Vaughan (Research Scientist at the NCAN and Chair of the NeuroAbilities Advisory Council) interviews Mike May (Sendero Founder/Olympian) on the advances of technology, development of Accessible Wayfinding tools and various accessible GPS products. Watch the interview on YouTube.

G3ict NeuroAbilities Interview Series | Episode 1 with Theresa Vaughan and Lidia Best

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Theresa Vaughan interviews Lidia Best (Vice Chairman of ITU JCA-AHF/Member, G3ict Delegation to the ITU) on Lidia's personal experience as a cochlear implant recipient. Watch the interview on YouTube.