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The opportunity to have a own avatar is no longer just the prerogative of science fiction films like Avatar or Pacific Rim. Liquidweb s.r.l. lead a group of companies and universities to create a humanoid robot controlled by thought. The project, co-financed by the Tuscany Region, saw the collaboration of different scientific and business organizations: Liquidweb (creator of BRAINCONTROL, the heart of the system BCI of the project), leader of the partnership, Humanot, Massimi sistemi, Micromecc and the University of Siena.

The goal here is not to conquer a new world but regain independence and mobility of communication of which has been deprived. In fact, a humanoid robot can help people suffering from diseases such as quadriplegia, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophies of various kinds in the performance of daily activities such as "virtually" going around the house, watching the sunset from the window or interact with loved ones.

The software that allows the user to interface with his avatar is BRAINCONTROL (based on brain-computer interface technology), a sort of mental joystick that allows to control the computer by thought. 

To date the communicator (Braincontol v1.0) is commercially available and it is certified as a medical CE class I. It includes a Sentences finder and a yes / no selector. This solution fills the technological void  for patients who have cognitive abilities intact, but which are not able to move and communicate even with the aid of other assistive technologies (eg. Eye tracking), called "locked-in" state.

Braincontrol v1.0 is the first step of a broader process that has the final goal to overcome not only communication disabilities, as evidenced by the result just reached with BrainHuRo.

       http://www.humanot.it/            http://www.maasi.eu/en_US/                           


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