People with speech disturbance will communicate on Neurochat
Russian scientists from «Neurotrend» company have developed a project called Neurochat. The Innovation is designed for people who have lost communication skills after a stroke or head injury (about 15 million people on the planet). Now they can get on with their social lives with the help of mobile headset.
«In the Neurochat we use a neuro-headset, put it on the patient head. It is, in fact, a mini electroencephalograph that removes the activity of the brain-cortex. Symbols and letters highlighted in a certain way are displayed on the monitor. The patient reads them with the power of the brain. The device records changes in bioelectroactivity and identifies the letters that the patient wants to communicate. Then, they add up to sentences on the monitor,» Igor Zimin, Neurotrend Development Director, explains.
Most notably, a person will be able to choose contacts in the address book or e-mail with the help of the headset. That is a person will be able to communicate with anybody on the planet, including in social networks.
The project is being tested now. In the near future there will be a neuro-bridge: a patient with speech disturbance from Russia will contact a similar patient from Los Angeles. The system is planned to connect 500 people by 2020, and to cover more than 1 million by 2030.
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