BACKHOME: Brain-neural computer interfaces on track to home


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.