Philips, Accenture prototype app would let ALS patients mind control their devices

August 5, 2014 1:06 PM

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Philips, Accenture prototype app would let ALS patients mind control their devices

Makers of EEG tracking headband devices have pitched the devices with a number of different use cases: as a biofeedback device to help the user manage stress, as a controller for gadgets, or as a quantified self device for assessing sleep. Now Philips Healthcare and Accenture have teamed up to show off the possibility of using one such device, the Emotiv Insight Brainware, to help patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to manage both their care and their life.

Patients with ALS, which is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, have gradually diminished muscle control, and can eventually become completely paralyzed without losing any other brain function. Philips and Accenture have developed a proof of concept app that would allow such a patient, equipped with a...

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