Toward the Development of a BCI and Gestural Interface to Support Individuals with Physical Disabilities
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conference papers and proceeding preprints
Citation of Original PublicationKrishnaswamy, Kavita; Kuber, Ravi; Toward the Development of a BCI and Gestural Interface to Support Individuals with Physical Disabilities; ASSETS '12: Proceedings of the 14th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility, October 2012, Pages 229–230; https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/2384916.2384967
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In this paper, we describe a first step towards the development of a solution to support the movement and repositioning of an individual's limbs. Limb repositioning is particularly valuable for individuals with physical disabilities who are either bed or chair-bound, to help reduce the occurrence of contractures and pressure ulcers. A data gathering study has been performed examining attitudes towards using BCI and gestural devices to control a robotic aid to assist with the repositioning process. Findings from a preliminary study evaluating a controller interface prototype suggest that while BCI and gestural technologies may play a valuable role in limiting fatigue from interacting with a mouse or other input device, challenges are faced accurately identifying specific facial expressions (e.g. blinks). Future work would aim to refine algorithms to detect gestures, with a view to augmenting the experience when using a BCI and gestural device to control a robotic aid.