Today's Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) systems have been primarily developed to assist in replacing the lost ability to communicate by patients diagnosed with motor-neuron diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Modification to a P300-BCI communication system has yielded an application which enables the ability of creative expression. Used regularly by several ALS patients ( throughout Germany as a form of entertainment and as a way to satisfy the desire for creative articulation in their own homes, metrics are being assessed to ensure the application is intuitive to use, robust in reliability and practical for unsupervised use in daily life.
Qualitative results amongst patients have been outstandingly positive showing strong evidence for a BCI solution which is providing a positive and useful difference to the lives of ALS patients. Brain Painting helps with improving the Quality of Live for patients with severe motor disabilities and further development of the application is underway to allow unsupervised use by patients in their own homes.
- Münßinger JI, Halder S, Kleih SC, Furdea A, Raco V, Hösle A and Kübler A (2010) Brain Painting: first evaluation of a new brain–computer interface application with ALS-patients and healthy volunteers. Front. Neurosci. 4:182. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2010.00182
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- Kübler A. et al. A. Brain Painting - BCI Meets Art. In 4th International BCI Workshop and Training Course, Graz, 2008.