The Cybathlon took first place on October 8th, 2016 at the ETH Zurich where people with disabilities competed side by side at the Brain-Computer Interface Race (BCI Race). Pilot Numa Poujouly from the Team BrainTweakers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland won Gold in the BCI Race using his brain waves to control an avatar along a racetrack on a virtual train. The game is called “BrainRunners” and was especially developed for the Cybathlon’s BCI Race. The Brain Tweakers have been using high-quality g.tec equipment. We talked with pilot Numa and Serafeim Perdikis, another member of the team, and asked them about their experiences. Read more
tDCS is a non-invasive method to stimulate the brain using constant, low current. This technology has been used in patients with brain injuries or psychiatric conditions like major depressive disorder. In addition, tDCS has been explored to alleviate memory deficits in Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and pain. Read more
Manuela Zehetner is a Physiotherapist with an expertise in Neurology. Since 2015, she has been working at g.tec medical engineering in Schiedlberg (Austria), where she uses the recoveriX system based on Brain-Computer Interface technology for stroke rehabilitation. Most of Manuela’s patients had a stroke years ago, but for the first time in a very long time, they improved their motor functions and can now move their arms better than before. We asked Manuela about her experience and success with recoveriX training.
TMS is a magnetic method to non-invasively stimulate the brain. This technology has been used to investigate the connectivity between the motor cortex and corresponding muscle groups for patients with brain damage. Read more
Wireless EEG and biosignal acquisition systems are becoming more important in Brain-Computer Interface research, especially when studies tend to take part in the field instead of in the lab. g.Nautilus is g.tec’s wireless EEG solution that is designed to be completely different from all other devices and sets a new standard of usability. Read more
Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting is a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. She leads a research group at the University of Aalborg that is engaged in basic neuromuscular mechanisms, their functional consequences mediating both acute adjustments (e.g., muscle fatigue, pain) and chronic adaptations (e.g., aging, training, stroke, rehabilitation), and methods to restore, replace, and modulate lost or impaired motor functions. Read more
The EEG (Electroencephalogram) can be used as a method to study high-altitude sickness and its influence on the body condition and health of mountaineers. By measuring changes in the beta band following a movement task, information about how acclimatized a person is to the change in altitude can be discerned. Read more
Am Montag, 19.9.2016 eröffnet g.tec sein erstes Zentrum für Neurotechnologie in Schiedlberg (Sierningstraße 14, 4521 Schiedlberg/OÖ). Das Zentrum fungiert als Dach für das recoveriX GYM und mindBEAGLE CENTER, welche Therapie- und Bewertungsmethoden für SchlaganfallpatientInnen und KomapatientInnen anbieten.
Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos. Hier gehts zum Programm >> Eröffnung: Zentrum für Neurotechnologie
Team Gray Matter is a non-profit, independent team, primarily created around the team’s pilot, Peter Gray of Doncaster, England. The team is made up of entrepreneurs and academics focused on developing a BCI device that will offer Peter a competitive chance at winning the BCI race. We spoke to Ivan Nixon from Team Gray Matter about the rehearsal of the Cybathlon in 2015. He is a creative entrepreneur and has established the team, strategy and partnerships in order to get Pete to Cybathlon 2016.
During the 3rd Symposium “Coma and other disorders of consciousness” on September 8th-9th, 2016 in Cologne (Germany) g.tec shows recent experiments, analysis methods and results of mindBEAGLE. mindBEAGLE is an assessment and communication tool for DOC patients developed by Guger Technologies OG. Read more
Recently we had the chance to talk to one of our partners Dr. Rossella Spataro from Centro SLA (Sclerosi Laterale Amiotrofica) in Palermo who managed to successfully communicate with ALS patient Carmelina. Due to the lack of feedback it was difficult to judge Carmelina’s condition. mindBEAGLE – a system developed by Guger Technologies – enabled Dr. Spataro to communicate with her patient and gained new insights about the extent of Carmelina’s awareness and consciousness. Read more