Technology is the answer until medicine cracks the mystery of ALS. I am thrilled with the Tobii Dyanavox I am getting, and I can’t believe even more advanced assistive speech technology is on the horizon. My favorite part of reading this post, though, was discovering that even in the testing phase, outreach efforts are being made to allow pALS who live far from clinics to use BCI. Even the most advanced machine is useless if it is not placed in the hands of those who need it.
Dr. Andrew Geronimo is a talented young investigator using brain computer interface (BCI) technology to improve the lives of people living with ALS by enhancing their ability to communicate. He and his mentor Dr. Zachary Simmons, also at Penn
Andrew Geronimo, Ph.D.
State Hershey Medical Center, have received a grant from The ALS Association to develop new opportunities for BCI technology. Together they work to train people living with ALS and their caregivers on how to setup and best use BCI in their homes through a telemedicine program. Through this work, they are continuously optimizing the BCI system.
“The ultimate goal for our research is make a difference now for people living with ALS. By listening to their needs and engineering a BCI to meet those needs,” stated Dr. Geronimo.
What is Brain Computer Interface (BCI)?
BCI is exactly what it sounds like: a direct connection between the brain and…
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