Visits to the museum with an avatar Today of a patient totally paralyzed is really impossible to be able to visit a museum. “It is an absolute novelty in the world of robotics,” says Pasquale Fedele, ceo and founder of Liquidweb. “The application of robotics, which, for now, we are validating, let you manage an avatar, as if it were an alter ego, a distance to visit a museum in Florence and another to Siena”. The robotic device, based on technology of Brain Control AAC, will be of great help to the patients completely or partially paralyzed, and will be available in one of the two museums, by December.
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The technology of Brain Control is a technology that is based on Machine learning and artificial Intelligence for man-machine interaction. It is distinguished, in particular, for the mode of interaction Brain Computer Interfaces (Bci), i.e. the ability to interact directly with the brain with digital devices. Brain Control works through a simple headband Eeg wireless connected to a tablet, it is not for nothing invasive, and can detect stimuli in the brain volunteers associated movements are imagined. Allowing the patient to be able to send commands to different instruments, such as, for example, a communicator for the speech, switch on the light, the tv.
“it Is a sort of joystick of mind,” explains Fedele. “After a training of about 40 minutes, in which the device is calibrated to adapt to the stimuli generated by the individual patient, the system proposes different options, and the patient listens. Subsequently, the patient makes a selection by imagining a movement, for example, to push forward,” explains Fedele. “In addition, the device does not require the use of the view, and is therefore suitable for those patients who are no longer able to move the eyelids, or to see for various reasons”.
READ more - multiple Sclerosis, 122mila Italian struggling with regional disparities Diseases neuromotor and other chronic diseases in Addition to diseases, neuromotor, such as Als, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Rett syndrome and multiple sclerosis, BrainControl is also a great help for patients with ischemic brain trauma from road accidents. “Although today they are available in different type devices that take advantage of residual movements (such as the eyes or other parts of the body), Brain Control Aac is a tool that allows you to manage the patient, and follow with the unique technology of the different progressive stages of the disease,” adds Fedele. “In the case of trauma from road traffic accidents, differently from what happens in a disease neuromotor that progressively worsens the condition of the patient may be in the beginning more serious, and gradually improve. And, in the case in which there occur improvements, the device can use different biometric sensors, such as accelerometers, infrared pointers, eyepieces, intercepting movements of the eye, the voice, or residual muscle movements, such as eyelids or hands, therefore suitable for patients with less severe”. Already in the Asl In the last year the technology, which has a cost of about 20 thousand euros and is certified as a medical device CE, it has also been approved for coverage by the national health System, and is therefore non-refundable. Today, in fact, is used by about 70 patients, both in Italy and abroad. “For now, to have Brain Control Aac are ten Asl in Puglia, Marche, Umbria, Tuscany, Veneto and other regions,” explains Fedele. Abroad, where the device is still not refundable, it is instead used in Singapore, Germany, Korea and the United States.
“technological innovations are continuous, but in the context of disability, there is a massive lag. Our aim is to bring to these patients the best of new technologies, which may make the difference both for them and for their family members,” concludes one of the Faithful. “Just to think that many of these patients are in the prime of their cognitive abilities, and it is precisely for this reason that, in addition to further improve the communication, we are focusing on the entertainment to make available to patients the features of browsing, Whatsapp, Netfilx, You Tube, and the avatar robot, which permit them to participate in school lessons or to work meetings”.
To book a visit: www.braincontrol.com/siena-museo-santa-maria-della-scala/
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