In March 2017 during the annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference an Englishman friend of mine called me to tell me about NeuroNode. He said, “John. This is an incredible piece of technology by Control Bionics (http://www.controlbionics.com/neuronode/?gclid=CN-8rby_6NMCFdqNswodXiwMhws). You have to see it to believe it.”
I typed “control bionics.” What I saw and read brought forth the following thoughts.
I love working with technology that does what it was developed to do. I like technology that is easy to use and can be carried without being seen. I am fascinated by miniature assistive technology products that pack a whole lot of power and gives its users a new lease on life. I am buoyed by technology that is versatile and can be operated with a muscle movement. I was astounded to learn the product connects with any computer, iPod, tablet or mobile device. My spirit was uplifted when I know the technology that I am using will give people with disabilities a new life, a new voice and new opportunities to be independent and a wage earner.
What is NeuroNode?
NeuroNode is a small, handheld, wireless, non-invasive wearable electromyography (EMG), assistive technology device. EMGis the measurement of electrical activity associated with the activation of a muscle group, detected by adhesive electrodes on the surface of the skin. I would never have known the definition of EMS and its relevance in the assistive technology arena if I had not discovered NeuroNode.
Assistive technology is defined as a device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability. NeuroNode does just that.
Assistive technology makes people feel good about themselves. It equalizes opportunities for people with disabilities competing with an able-bodied person for a job,
Assistive technologies have made it possible for hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people with disabilities worldwide, to become employed as CEOs managers, writers, teachers, artists, engineers, supervisors, software and hardware developers , schedulers, researchers and other professions.
Initially, NeuroNode was developed to assist people with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinal cord injuries and other neurological diseases. To me, there is a larger market for NeuroNode besides ALS, spinal cord injuries and war wounds. These markets include people with hearing deficiencies, traumatic brain injuries, visually impaired, a range of speech challenges and mobility challenged. Imagine having the muscles in your body that can be used to bring the world to you. NeuroNode does that!
NeuroNode is close to being labelled a universal piece of assistive technology.
NeuroNode’s versatility impresses me. It is compatible with most popular scanning software such as Apple Switch Control and Google Switch Access. Additionally, it is also compatible with i0SIO, Android and Windows Operating System.
I love to be busy and entertained. I can do both with NeuroNode. I can send and receive text, watch videos, read, write and send e-mails.
Busy people don’t have to sweat wondering where they will find the time to learn it. In less than an hour, for some people 30 minutes, users are operating it.
How does NeuroNode work?
Using NeuroNode does not require a Ph.D.to work it. A sensor is placed on the skin over the muscle chosen to be the switch. When you move that muscle, the NeuroNode detects bioelectrical signals These signals allow users to operate a computer, tablet and cellular products.
NeuroNode gives people with disabilities an opportunity to reconnect with their families and friends. It expands educational, recreational and employment opportunities. It gives people with disabilities a sense of accomplishment, pride and independence. It is innovative technology at its best. If history repeats itself, the next generation will be better and do more.
The NeuroNode is priced at $13, 500. This is a steep price. The company’s staff believes once he word spreads on its benefits , it will sell, sell, sell,