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Autonomy and social inclusion through mixed reality Brain-Computer Interfaces: Connecting the disabled to their physical and social world

Project description


Accessible and Assistive ICT

Motor disabilities of people arising from any origin have a dramatic effect on their quality of life. Some examples of neurologic nature include a person suffering from a severe brain injury resulting from a car collision or individuals who have suffered a brain stroke. For years, the severely disabled have learned to cope with their restricted autonomy, impacting on their daily activities like moving around or turning on the lights and ability for social interaction.

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The project is about empowering them and pursues to mitigate the limitations of the everyday life to which they are confronted to. BrainAble is an innovative platform designed with a user centric approach to improve physical and social independence, facilitate active living and improve quality of life of people with different degrees and types of disabilities and potentially anybody with special needs.  It is a modular system which facilitates the interaction of humans with computers through the last generation of Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI), which require no training, easy setup, and adaptive configurations to meet any user requirements, especially those of the severely disabled. Furthermore, a user with evolving functional diversity is offered to interact with BrainAble using alternative assistive technologies combined or not with BCI techniques. 
Through BrainAble, a disabled user may now interact with other people using email, facebook or twitter; control a wheelchair, lights, TV, blinds and doors; play games and navigate virtual communities; use and enjoy a range of digital devices and services which were not designed to be used by disabled people and which BrainAble offers in a smart, context-aware and assistive way.
BrainAble has been developed by a multidisciplinary team of therapists, carers, engineers and researchers in the frontier of neuroscience, signal processing, assistive technologies and machine learning; and is already impacting the growing market of accessible, inclusive and assistive products from a novel perspective.    

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2009-4
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Coordinator

FUNDACIO PRIVADA BARCELONA DIGITAL CENTRE TECNOLOGIC
Address
Carrer Roc Boronat 117, 5 Planta
08018 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 551 623
Administrative Contact
Maria Sánchez Moreno (Ms.)

Participants (7)

GUGER TECHNOLOGIES OG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 418 459
Address
Herbersteinstrasse 60
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christoph Guger (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 418 033
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gernot Müller-Putz (Prof.)
GUGER TECHNOLOGIES OEG

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Herbersteinstrasse 60
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christoph Guger (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 441 868
Address
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Martín (Ms.)
FUNDACIO PRIVADA INSTITUT DE NEUROREHABILITACIO GUTTMANN
Spain
EU contribution
€ 130 170
Address
Calle Cami De Can Ruti Sn
08916 Badalona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Esteve Maria (Ms.)
METICUBE SISTEMAS DE INFORMACAO COMUNICACAO E MULTIMEDIA LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 218 093
Address
Centro De Empresas De Taveiro
3045 504 Coimbra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristina Sá (Ms.)
ABILITYNET
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 121 754
Address
Thames Valley Park
RG6 1WG Reading
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
John Muscroft (Mr.)