AsTeRICSProject reference: 247730
Funded under: FP7-ICT
Assistive Technology Rapid Integration & Construction Set [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]
Total cost:EUR 3 391 329
EU contribution:EUR 2 649 520
Call for proposal:FP7-ICT-2009-4
Funding scheme:CP - Collaborative project (generic)
More than 2,6 million people in Europe have problems with their upper limbs and therefore many of them depend on Assistive Technologies (AT) to access a PC or any other ICT, including mobile technology, and to control their environment (to switch on equipment, to open doors etc).
One problem of existing AT devices is that they cannot be adapted or combined to support individual capabilities of the user. Very often, these devices work in a defined setup and their function cannot be changed or applied in different use cases.
The aim of the project has been to develop a prototype for a flexible AT system that provides greater adaptability to specific needs of the user by combining emerging sensor techniques like Brain-Computer Interfaces, gaze-tracking systems etc. People with reduced motor capabilities will get a flexible and adaptable technology at hand which enables them to access the Human-Machine-Interfaces (HMI) at the standard desktop but in particular also of embedded systems like mobile phones or smart home devices.
More than 2,6 million people in Europe have problems with their upper limbs and therefore many of them depend on Assistive Technologies (AT). As the potential of the individual user is very specific, adaptive, ICT-based solutions are needed to let this population group participate in modern society. Such solutions are rarely available on today's market.AsTeRICS will provide a flexible and affordable construction set for realising user driven AT by combining emerging sensor techniques like Brain-Computer Interfaces and computer vision with basic actuators. People with reduced motor capabilities will get a flexible and adaptable technology at hand which enables them to access the Human-Machine-Interfaces (HMI) at the standard desktop but in particular also of embedded systems like mobile phones or smart home devices.AsTeRICS will implement a set of building blocks for the realisation of AT:\tSensors which allow the individual to exploit any controllable body or mind activity for interacting with HMI\tActuators for interfacing to standard IT, to embedded systems and to interact with the environment\tAn Embedded Computing Platform that can be configured to combine sensors and actuators to tailored AT-solutions which support the full potential of an individual userThe core of the software suite will be provided as Open Source. The complete system will be affordable for many people who cannot benefit from leading edge supportive tools today.AsTeRICS revolutionises the concept of AT: AT today mostly focuses on a certain task or situation. Due to the growing importance of the PC, AT has been oriented towards standard Human-Computer (HCI) or desktop interfaces. AsTeRICS respects the strong need for flexible, adaptable AT functionalities accompanying people with disabilities away from the desktop, enabling them to interact with a divers and fast changing set of deeply embedded devices in our modern environment.
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