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Neuromot: steering your wheelchair by thinking

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Last November was the Epitech Innovative Projects (EIP) forum, the annual innovation event.
Carried out in groups, these projects related to an innovative technological subject developed in 4th and 5th year place the student in a professional situation (class of 2014): 
"Virtual entertainment is no longer a figment of the mind. IPEs don't take us to a world of science fiction. They reveal very serious research that will lead to concrete realities, realities that will change daily lifestyles. It is not a magic wand: it is the fruit of the work of students, always as close as possible to high-tech training, which enables them to make technologies accessible to the greatest number. » (EIP 2014).

Among the 81 projects presented at the end of 2013, twelve teams were pre-selected to "pitcher" in front of the jury. Here is the project Neuromot.

The Neuromot solution allows you to control an intelligent wheelchair by thinking, using a neural helmet (equipped with sensors). This project under development aims to simplify the daily life of people with motor disabilities and develop their autonomy.

An innovation with very high potential

A communication box attached to the wheelchair serves as a control interface with the helmet. "Emotiv"(created by an Australian company based in the United States), working on a direct neural interface that can detect human consciousness and reproduce it in a video game or on any other electronic platform. Once the data has been interpreted, it is transmitted through the helmet to trigger the chosen movement action.

Three control modes are available to offer a solution adapted to each user:
- Cognitive, based on brain waves and thoughts.
- Emotional, based on facial expressions.
- Gyroscopic, based on head movements, indicating the movements to be performed.

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Neuromot includes an on-board artificial intelligence module. Like a power steering system, this geolocation system facilitates movement and avoids obstacles.
This open source solution can be enriched with new modules to evolve with the user and the new uses, particularly related to digital technology, for example in connection with home automation.

The team : Armand BESOMBES, Hugo CUVILLIER, Louis DEMAY-DROUHARD, Ronan MEROUZE, Nathan MUSTAKI and Arnaud THIEBAULT.

The work of Dr. Maysam Ghovanloo's team from thehe University of Georgia Institute of Technology which introduced a new type of motorized wheelchair controlled solely by the movements of the tongue... "tongue directional system" (TDS), thanks to a magnetic piercing. But this project is still awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the equivalent of the French drug agency, to begin marketing the chair, in about two years' time. 

Let's wish Neuronot a faster success, thus answering the problems of non-representation in space of people with motor disabilities: the solution for orientation in everyday life.  

About Epitech Innovative Projects

Epitech Innovative Projects are innovative projects designed and developed in groups during the 4th and 5th year of Epitech. 15 to 20% of the projects lead to the creation of a start-up or a company at the end of the school or even during the school year.
Every two weeks, one of the twelve selected students (out of 81) will be posted on the school's website and Facebook page:
http://www.epitech.eu/epitech-innovative-projects-videos.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/epitech

(Source: Ionis-groupe - Epitech - February 20, 2014)

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