award-winning assistive technology communications device available in the USA
Great Britain – In April 2018 Australia’s Control Bionics’ NeuroNode won the first Pitch@Palace Commonwealth Award. Control Bionics Founder and Chairman, Peter Ford, accepted the award from His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, also known as the Duke of York.
The NeuroNode is a small, handheld, wireless, non-invasive, portable, wearable electromyography (EMG), assistive technology device. EMG is the measurement of electrical activity associated with the activation of a muscle group as detected by non-invasive electrodes on the surface of the skin. EMG signals have been used in clinical research since the 1980s for diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases, rehabilitation and controlling prosthetic devices.
How The NeuroNode works.
The NeuroNode’s sensors are placed on the muscle chosen to be the switch. When the patient senses that muscle NeuroNode detects the EMG it amplifies and interprets the EMG signal then sends it to the user’s chosen computer, tablet or mobile device. The signal reaches the switch control’s virtual keyboard and mouse controls.
When accepting the award Ford brought the attendees to tears when he told the audience how a seven-year-old girl who has a disease that prevents her from speaking or moving using the NeuroNode answered this question, “What would you most like to have?
Her reply stunned the audience.
“A baby brother and a dog.”
Entrepreneurs from 42 Commonwealth nations presented their pitch for investment and networking, during a one day Boot Camp held at the new Facebook headquarters in London.
Control Bionics has established an office in Milford, OH under the capable leadership of its CEO Rob Wong and marketing director Emily Boland.
“NeuroNode has changed the lives of people who cannot move or speak by providing them with an alternative communication tool NeuroNode eliminates barriers that traditionally prevented people with disabilities from being educated, employed and active members in their community,” stressed a proud Rob Wong,
Though small, the NeuroNode gives the user Colossus power To use the NeuroNode you don’t need to sit in front of a keyboard to operate a computer. You do not need voice recognition software, eye gaze or a foot pedal. All you need is workable muscles in your body.
The NeuroNode was developed to address the needs of people with neurological challenges, dexterity challenges, intellectual challenges, speech challenges and other challenges. It gives individuals with severe disabilities such as ALS, spinal cord injuries and other serious disabilities a connection to the world .Users can send e-mails, play games, access social media, watch movies and download online entertainment and operate external devices. Once operational he NeuroNode can computers, wheelchairs, tablets and other communication devices
NeuroNode has been helping severely disabled military veterans in the USA for a decade, and is funded by the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs for Australian veterans.