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The FP7 funded BrainAble Project empowers disabled people to feel more independent and in control

Audiovisual: 28/09/2011 - 02:00
In March 2011 the project consortium, led by the eHealth R&D Group of Barcelona Digital Centre Tecnològic, launched a video to present to the European Commission the first year's prototype of BrainAble that demonstrates an ICT-based solution controlled via a BNCI interface to create an assistive environment. The prototype is considered a proof-of-concept of the full BrainAble system and at this stage includes a BNCI interacting with: (1) home appliances such as a commercial television and a lamp (2) a virtual avatar acting in a virtual representation of user’s home; and (3) social environment facilitating the participation in today's modern web 2.0 networks with the access to micro-blogging services such as Twitter. BrainAble has been funded with Euros 2,3 M by the European Commission under the programme ICT FP7 and is expected to terminate in December 2012. BrainAble aims to improve personal independence and social constraints of people with physical disabilities, giving them the possibility to interact with their environment through novel Human-Computer interfaces consisting of sensors measuring the individual physical and emotional state (by means of Brain-Computer interfaces -BCI- combined with affective computing) and integrating their outcomes with virtual environments, smart homes and social networks. BrainAble´s main goal is to improve the quality of life of people suffering from functional diversity by addressing their two major limitations: exclusion from home and social activities.