Researchers unveil smart systems for ALS patients - (Taipei Times via NewsPoints Desk)

  • A team led by National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT)  researchers has unveiled smart communication systems for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), aiming to help them reconnect with people and the world, reported the Taipei Times.

  • According to researcher Liu Yi-hung, the team developed an eye-tracking system that allows lamps to be turned on or a call for help to be made, and a system that meshes a brain-computer interface with voice synthesis.

  • He said the brain-computer interface was tested on five people and had an average precision rate of 85% for analyzing brain waves, but cautioned there is a long way to go before the system can be commercialized.

  • The Ministry of Science and Technology offered NT$7 million to the NTUT team, as part of its Breakout program, which began last year, subsidizing projects that use technology to solve social problems.

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