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Engineer promises to create device to help friend with cerebral palsy achieve the impossible

Shared by Diogo Nunes on 2021-09-03 17:03

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Riley Saban lives with cerebral palsy, which makes him difficult to perform certain tasks and unable to be independent. Riley was being evaluated by an eye tracking device (through which he also communicates).

That said, his friend and biomedical engineer, Jordan Nguyen, promised to help him by trying to create a device that would give him "telekinetic control", through a band that will respond to the movement of his eyes.

The team worked to control Riley's most reliable voluntary movements to allow him to turn electrical objects on and off, for example. Using electrooculography (EOG), Riley's brain activity corresponding to four different eye movements was detected, transmitted to a computer, interpreted by artificial intelligence and used to control the devices.

Later, Jordan Nguyen decided to go one step further and try to get Riley to control a car. To achieve this goal, he asked Darren Lomman, head of innovation and design at the Ability Center, for help. For driving, eye movement signals were picked up by the EOG, amplified and sent over the cloud to a computer in front of the car. The computer was connected via USB to control the engines, and the handles on the front of the vehicle scanned the area ahead.

This innovation was introduced in the ABC catalyst program trying to answer the question "Can technology give us super powers?". Apparently the answer is yes.

Story adapted from https://createdigital.org.au/jordan-nguyen-mind-controlled-tech/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO3TNTno9fs

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

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Jordan Nguyen, a biomedical engineer, decided to help his friend become more independent through a device that could be controlled with his own eyes.

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