University of Washington’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media

Wed, 2017-01-18 10:27 -- Don Ball

Faculty and staff from the university's Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) Art + Brain Lab will develop and pilot the Encephalophone, a Brain Computer Music Interface at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. Patients suffering from motor disability caused by brainstem stroke, spinal cord injury, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) will be trained to perform the Encephalophone, which will allow the user to create improvised music in real time using cognitive control of electroencephalogram (EEG), without movement. Patients will be able to control a variety of innovative music devices, including electroacoustic and mechatronic instruments. It is anticipated that the device will allow patients to improve their neurological rehabilitation, as well as generate music for enjoyment and creative expression. 

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