Multiple sclerosis, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), ischemic or traumatic injury involves each year more than 3 million patients.
BrainControl is a breakthrough technology device that give disabled people the power to control objects with their minds, allowing them to control a communicator, domotics devices (lights, doors, windows, alarms, temperature, bed position, …), wheelchair.

In our brain, when neurons interact, the chemical reaction emits an electrical impulse that can be measured. We make use of EEG sensor that allows us to map thoughts and use them to control objects, exceeding the limits imposed by the state of the art (eye-tracking and custom device based control).
BrainControl is a framework based on proprietary Brain Computer Interface technologies incorporating adaptive capabilities. Main focus is on assistive applications for people affected by degenerative neuromuscular disease and ischemic or traumatic injury, through the creation of a high-tech device for overcoming physical disability, and to improve communication and environmental control. Application examples are represented by the use of a virtual keyboard to access the Internet, use e-mail, phone, and send SMS. Our system will enable people with no or minimal residual mobility to thought-control their domestic environment — the lighting of lamps, the opening of doors, and the operation of electric wheelchairs.

The first demonstrative prototype, realized one years ago, showed the control of a quadricopter flight by the "tought", a decontextualized application, but able to show the capability of the system, able to manage 12 kinds of conscious thoughts of movement (left, right, up, down, push, and pull, rotations, etc.) that can be used as a sort of mental joystick.
The nowadays version of the system allow the control of an Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device.
It is made up of the following modules:
- The NeuroHeadset: a BCI headset based on electroencephalography (EEG) sensors for high resolution, neuro-signal acquisition. .
- The BCI Control Unit: the control logic, running on a tablet device, able to manage the headset output and drive the actuators for specific applications.
Furthemore it is possible to control domotics device and wheelchair through:
- An actuator: a servomechanism used to provide sticks control of the control system provided with the helicopter toy.
- The target device to control.

Demo videos

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BRAINCONTROL v1 - Basic Communicator - Scanning mode
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Hereafter the main honors and awards:
  • Winner of EU eHealth SME Competition Dublin, Ireland, 13 May 2013.
  • Finalist at Global Social Ventures Competition - Global Round, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, USA,12 April 2013.
  • Global Social Ventures Competition - Italian Round, Milan, Italy, 27 February 2013
  • UK-Italy Springboard 3rd edition, Milan, Italy, 20 November 2012
  • 1st place (out of 600 applicants), “Gaetano Marzotti Prize for new social and cultural enterprises”, Vicenza, Italy, 17 November 2012.
  • 1st place, Startup of the UpStart prize, 6th edition of the “Premio Best Practices per l'Innovazione” organized by Confindustria Salerno, 28 and 29 June 2012.
  •  Mind the Bridge - Italian innovation Day, University of California, Berkeley, February 2012
  • Certificate "Italia degli Innovatori", released from “Agenzia per la diffusione delle tecnologie per l’innovazione, and participation in November 2011 to mission in China.
  • 1st place, “Percorsi dell’innovazione” at SMAU 2011, Milan, Italy.
  •  Live demonstration at Frontiers of Interaction 2011 of BrainControl prototype controlling the Parrot AR.Drone.
  • Presentation of the 1st prototype of BrainControl at the "Mind Force" conference, 7-8 October 2010, Sienna, Centre for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Sienna.

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