Individuals who have severe physical impairments due to conditions such as high level Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), brainstem strokes, or Guillain Barre syndrome, often experience difficulties accessing computerized technologies to control their environments (turn on/off lights, run a TV remote control, open/close windows and doors, etc.), smart phones and computers. This project develops a new access method using capacitive sensors. These sensors can be trained to recognize an individual’s unique movements or gestures to control one’s environment or computer. The result of this project will develop a new access technique that will help individuals with severe physical impairments regain control of their environments and computerized technologies. This grant is funded through the National Science Foundation (grant # IIS-1406626).
Research Collaborators: Nilanjan Banerjee, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Ryan Robucci, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Susan Fager Ph.D. C.C.C.-S.L.P., Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.