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A hands-free assistive control system for the severely disabled capable of operating under stressful and fatiguing conditions

Funding: 2005: $56,000
2006: $56,000
2007: $62,000
2008: $58,000

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Panthers Entertainment Group
Biofeedback Instrument Corporation (Biofeedback Instruments)
Brain Resources Company

Start year: 2005

Summary: The impact of severe disability like tetraplegia in daily living is substantial. Strategies are needed to improve their quality of life. One approach is to enhance their independence by providing hands free control over their environment. However, few scientific studies have examined the efficacy of such technology. The aim of this research is to study the brain activity of users of our "hands free" technology when they are operating under stressful and fatiguing conditions. The study should provide valuable data that will allow us to improve the efficacy of our existing brain signal based system (Mind Switch Assistive System).

Keywords: brain computer interface, environmental control system, brain wave activity, spinal cord injury,

FOR Codes: Rehabilitation and Therapy: Occupational and Physical, Instrumentation not elsewhere classified, Ability and disability, Care for Disabled, Rehabilitation Engineering, Rehabilitation engineering , People with disability