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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.    

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)

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GUGER TECHNOLOGIES OG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 418 459

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 418 033

GUGER TECHNOLOGIES OEG

Austria

UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 441 868

FUNDACIO PRIVADA INSTITUT DE NEUROREHABILITACIO GUTTMANN

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 130 170

METICUBE SISTEMAS DE INFORMACAO COMUNICACAO E MULTIMEDIA LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 218 093

ABILITYNET

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 121 754

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 247447

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 976 945

  • EU contribution

    € 2 300 000

Coordinated by:

FUNDACIO PRIVADA BARCELONA DIGITAL CENTRE TECNOLOGIC

Spain