Team Liberty
Everyday activities such as opening the curtains
or turning on the lights should be accessible to all
100,000 New Zealanders
require daily assistance to
carry out basic tasks
120 million people globally have
moderate to severe disabilities
Population of Japan is 127 million
15+ billion US$
spent on assistive
care per year in the
United States alone
Further, WHO declared that the UN Millennium Goals
would not be achieved without addressing issues related
to the health a...
The Solution
What can we do
to contribute to solving this issue?
Assistive Domotics
focuses on making it
possible for
the elderly and disab
led to remain at
home, safe and
comfortable.
Emotiv Epoc
Brain-Computer
Interface
A direct communication
pathway between a brain and
an external device. BCIs are
often...
Synergy
Bringing BCI into the
assistive technology
space can take it to
the next level.
It can return the
control of lives...
With such headset and appropriate
hardware/software available Johnny could
himself open the curtains and enjoy the sun and...
Meet Sally. She had a terrible motor scooter incident and is now in hospital.
Doctors say she will be ok but it will take ...
The example video is shown at this point – a
portion of Tan Le’s (Emotiv) presentation at
TEDGlobal 2010 in which a motori...
Such solutions can return independence to those who lost
it due to permanent or temporary disability from birth,
through i...
Broaden application of Brain-
Computer Interfaces…
GAMING HEALTH CARE
ACCESSIBLITYEDUCATION
COMMUNICATIONMOBILITY
At this ...
$300US
 Unintrusive
 14 dry sensors
 Gyroscope
 Bluetooth
 SDK
Facial expressions
Emotions
Mental actions
Technology ...
A demonstration video is shown at this point – a
portion of Tan Le’s (Emotiv) presentation at
TEDGlobal 2010 in a voluntee...
How it will work
Local Market
We are going to target the hospitals and similar facilities first
for the deployment of our solution.
They al...
Global Markets
Managed Care Providers
District Health Boards
Hospitals
Private Practices
Palliative Care
Retirement Villag...
Funding
Low Interest Loans
Grants
Venture Capital
• Headset Manufacturers
• Component + Equipment Manufacturers
• Health Researchers
Healthcare and assistive domotics is not
the only application.
Learning and education,
communication, mobility, entertainm...
Academic and Industry Experience
Accounting
Information SystemsMarketing
Operations Management
Strategy
Entrepreneurship
Research into technology
Get headsets
Build prototype
Raise initial funds
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Give us feedback
Spread the word
Help us change the world
Thank you.
Team Liberty UOA Imagine 2010 Finals Presentation (text-narrated)
Team Liberty UOA Imagine 2010 Finals Presentation (text-narrated)
Team Liberty UOA Imagine 2010 Finals Presentation (text-narrated)
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These are the slides we used at the UOA Imagine 2010 finals presentation that took us to the second place.

Our project is aimed at using the emerging commercial brain-computer interface technology in building hardware/software solutions for people with disabilities. These solutions will allow people to perform the simple daily tasks without the help of caregivers.

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  • Meet Johnny. This is what he sees everyday until a caregiver opens the curtains. Johnny has CP. He cannot move and cannot speak since birth. He is confined to his room and to his bed. He needs someone’s help to do the simplest thing like open the curtains or turn on the lights…
  • According to NZ stats
  • WHO
  • It is not just us who sees this as a problem.
    The World Health Organization (WHO) at the 58th World Health Assembly (2005) recognised that people with disabilities are important contributors to society.
    The Assembly URGED Member States: * to strengthen national programmes, policies and strategies for the implementation of the UN Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; * to increase awareness of the public of the importance of the issue of disability and to coordinate efforts of all sectors of society to participate in disability prevention activities; * to ensure provision of adequate and effective medical care to people with special needs and to facilitate their access to such care including to prostheses, wheelchairs, driving aids and other devices; * to promote a clear understanding of the contributions that people with disabilities can make to society. (WHA 2005, http://www.who.int/disabilities/WHA5823_resolution_en.pdf) http://www.who.int/disabilities/publications/dar_action_plan_2006to2011.pdf 6. Promoting development, production, distribution and servicing of assistive technology Even today, in many developing countries only 5% - 15% population can access assistive technology. This technology is highly needed among people with impairments and disabilities, especially for mobility, hearing and low vision. Considering the huge need, UN Standard Rule 4 stated that "States should ensure the development and supply of support services, including assistive technology for persons with disabilities, to assist them to increase their level of independence in their daily living and to exercise their rights".
  • Further, WHO declared that the UN Millennium Goals would not be achieved without addressing issues related to the health and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.
  • What can we do to contribute to solving this issue?
  • Assistive domotics focuses on making it possible for the elderly and disabled to remain at home, safe and comfortable. Home automation is becoming a viable option for the elderly and disabled who would prefer to stay in the comfort of their homes rather than move to a healthcare facility. This field uses much of the same technology and equipment as home automation for security, entertainment, and energy conservation but tailors it towards the elderly and disabled.

    First generation
    These simple systems and tools include personal alarm systems and emergency response telephones that do not have to be integrated into a smart home system (Celler 1999). A typical system consists of a small wireless pendant transceiver to be worn around the neck or wrist. The system has a central unit plugged into a telephone jack, with a loudspeaker and microphone. When the pendant is activated a 24-hour control center is contacted. Generally the 24 hour control centre speaks to the user and identifies that help is required e.g. Emergency services are dispatched. The control centre als has information of the user, e.g. medical symptoms, medication allergies, ect. The unit has a built in rechargeable battery backup and the ability to notify the control center if the battery is running low or if the system loses power. Modern systems have active wireless pendants that are polled frequently advising battery, and signal strength status as older style pendant could have a battery that has failed rendering the pendant useless when required in an emergency.

    Second generation
    These systems and tools generate alarms and alerts automatically if significant changes are observed in the user's vital signs (Celler 1999). These systems are usually fully integrated into a home network and allow health professionals to monitor patients at home. The system consists of an antenna that a patient holds over their implanted cardiac device to transmit data for downloading over the telephone line and viewing by the patient’s physician. The collected data can be accessed by the patient or family members. Another example of this type of system is a Smart Shirt that measures heart rate, electrocardiogram results, respiration, temperature and other vital functions and alerts the patient or physician if there is a problem (Bowie 2000).

    Third generation
    These types of systems would help the elderly and disabled deal with loneliness and depression by connecting them with other elderly or disabled individuals through the Internet, reducing their sense of isolation (Celler 1999).
  • A direct communication pathway between a brain and an external device. BCIs are often aimed at assisting, augmenting or repairing human cognitive or sensory-motor functions.
    Conversion of “brain waves” into computer commands.

    BCI is no longer sci-fi or something that requires electrodes to be implanted to the brain directly at the lab. Companies like Emotiv produce commercial BCI headsets that are available for as little as $300US. You can order one now online.
  • Bringing BCI into the assistive technology space can take it to the next level.
    It can return the control of lives to those who lost it or never had it.
  • With such headset and appropriate hardware/software available Johnny could himself open the curtains and enjoy the sun and the breeze by just using the power of his thought.
  • Meet Sally. She had a terrible motor scooter incident and is now in hospital. Doctors say she will be ok but it will take over a year to fully recover and probably a month until she can have the casts removed and properly speak again.
    With a headset that acquires the signals from her brain she can operate the standard functions available at the bedside remote at the hospital: turn the light on and off, adjust the incline of the bed and call the nurse. She can even operate the online radio on her laptop. All while her arms are in casts and speech is too distorted for speech recognition.
  • This example is from the TED talk done by Tan Le – one of the founders of the Emotiv.
    (Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves http://www.ted.com/talks/tan_le_a_headset_that_reads_your_brainwaves.html)
  • Such solutions can return independence to those who lost it due to permanent or temporary disability from birth, through injury or accident.
  • What’s more it can also reduce the cost of on-going care since people will no longer need caregivers for everything in their daily lives.
  • At this stage BCI is only entering the commercial market. The producers of headsets aim target the gaming market primarily at the moment. We want to change that.
  • Technology that we are going to use – Emotiv EPOC headset and SDK.
  • Demonstration of the headset from Tan Le’s presentation.
    (Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves http://www.ted.com/talks/tan_le_a_headset_that_reads_your_brainwaves.html)
  • How it will work.
  • We are going to target the hospitals and similar facilities first for the deployment of our solution.
    They already have the infrastructure in place: the remote controlled lights, beds, alerting. They also have the environment for controlled piloting, testing and deployment. Last but not least, they have the people in need for this.
  • From there we are looking at moving into other market segments.
  • Healthcare and assistive domotics is not the only application.
    Learning and education, communication, mobility, entertainment and recreation…
  • We have the skills and experience to make this happen.
  • d.selitskiy@gmail.com
  • Team Liberty UOA Imagine 2010 Finals Presentation (text-narrated)

    1. 1. Team Liberty
    2. 2. Everyday activities such as opening the curtains or turning on the lights should be accessible to all
    3. 3. 100,000 New Zealanders require daily assistance to carry out basic tasks
    4. 4. 120 million people globally have moderate to severe disabilities Population of Japan is 127 million
    5. 5. 15+ billion US$ spent on assistive care per year in the United States alone
    6. 6. Further, WHO declared that the UN Millennium Goals would not be achieved without addressing issues related to the health and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.
    7. 7. The Solution What can we do to contribute to solving this issue?
    8. 8. Assistive Domotics focuses on making it possible for the elderly and disab led to remain at home, safe and comfortable.
    9. 9. Emotiv Epoc Brain-Computer Interface A direct communication pathway between a brain and an external device. BCIs are often aimed at assisting, augmenting or repairing human cognitive or sensory- motor functions. Conversion of “brain waves” into computer commands.
    10. 10. Synergy Bringing BCI into the assistive technology space can take it to the next level. It can return the control of lives to those who lost it or never had it.
    11. 11. With such headset and appropriate hardware/software available Johnny could himself open the curtains and enjoy the sun and the breeze by just using the power of his thought.
    12. 12. Meet Sally. She had a terrible motor scooter incident and is now in hospital. Doctors say she will be ok but it will take over a year to fully recover and probably a month until she can have the casts removed and properly speak again. With a headset that acquires the signals from her brain she can operate the standard functions available at the bedside remote at the hospital: turn the light on and off, adjust the incline of the bed and call the nurse. She can even operate the online radio on her laptop. All while her arms are in casts and speech is too distorted for speech recognition.
    13. 13. The example video is shown at this point – a portion of Tan Le’s (Emotiv) presentation at TEDGlobal 2010 in which a motorized wheelchair is demostrated: http://www.ted.com/talks/tan_le_a_headset_th at_reads_your_brainwaves.html (segment from 9:30 to 10:10)
    14. 14. Such solutions can return independence to those who lost it due to permanent or temporary disability from birth, through injury or accident.
    15. 15. Broaden application of Brain- Computer Interfaces… GAMING HEALTH CARE ACCESSIBLITYEDUCATION COMMUNICATIONMOBILITY At this stage BCI is only entering the commercial market. The producers of headsets aim target the gaming market primarily at the moment. We want to change that.
    16. 16. $300US  Unintrusive  14 dry sensors  Gyroscope  Bluetooth  SDK Facial expressions Emotions Mental actions Technology that we are going to use – Emotiv EPOC headset and SDK.
    17. 17. A demonstration video is shown at this point – a portion of Tan Le’s (Emotiv) presentation at TEDGlobal 2010 in a volunteer controls an object on the screen with his thoughts: http://www.ted.com/talks/tan_le_a_headset_th at_reads_your_brainwaves.html (segment from 4:35 to 6:10)
    18. 18. How it will work
    19. 19. Local Market We are going to target the hospitals and similar facilities first for the deployment of our solution. They already have the infrastructure in place: the remote controlled lights, beds, alerting. They also have the environment for controlled piloting, testing and deployment. Last but not least, they have the people in need for this.
    20. 20. Global Markets Managed Care Providers District Health Boards Hospitals Private Practices Palliative Care Retirement Villages
    21. 21. Funding Low Interest Loans Grants Venture Capital
    22. 22. • Headset Manufacturers • Component + Equipment Manufacturers • Health Researchers
    23. 23. Healthcare and assistive domotics is not the only application. Learning and education, communication, mobility, entertainment and recreation…
    24. 24. Academic and Industry Experience Accounting Information SystemsMarketing Operations Management Strategy Entrepreneurship
    25. 25. Research into technology Get headsets Build prototype Raise initial funds
    26. 26. WHAT YOU CAN DO Give us feedback Spread the word Help us change the world Thank you.

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