Brain-neural computer interfaces on track to home – Development of a practical generation of BNCI for independent home use
The long term goal of rehabilitation is resettlement back in the community away from institutional care.
BackHome will conceive, research, design, implement and validate person-centred solutions to end users with functional diversity.
Knowing the person’s needs was a core part of the project focus. Social research techniques has been conducted in order to provide a continuous flow of user-based knowledge that was crucial to ensure the alignment between the project outputs and the requirements of people.
BackHome provided Assistive Technology (AT) solutions to research and develop systems for assisting people with severe disabilities.
The AT embedded within BackHome include BNCIs, environmental control systems and a range of other technologies which are usually classified as ambient intelligence and which can provide a considerable support to make BNCI solutions really work in environments with a lack of human support.
BackHome main goal was to help end users –who want to use BNCI tools– to accomplish goals that are otherwise impossible, difficult, or create dependence on a carer.
BackHome further helped the end user support community – including doctors, nurses, family members, AT centers, and other people who want to provide the best possible tools for their patients or loved ones.
BackHome also coveres specific research on the potential applicability of the system in different scenarios and the benefits provided to additional target groups: quadriplegics, hemiplegics; people affected by speech disorders, such as aphasia; people with dementia; people affected by visual and hearing functional diversity; people affected by cognitive functional diversity, such as Alzheimer or Parkinson diseases; minimum response people or locked-in persons.