08 Aug 2014, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: Philips healthcare and Accenture are jointly developing a software to help people with neurodegenerative diseases like Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
The companies said that the trial application lets ALS patients, issue brain commands to send an alert to the doctor. Wearers also can issue commands via their voice or eyes.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disorder that leaves one side of a person's body paralyzed, but his or her cognitive ability remains intact. The software works by connecting a wireless headset developed by Emotiv, a San Francisco-based startup, to a wearable device. The software could potentially allow users to take their thoughts and transform their brainwaves into real-life actions.
Mr Tony Jones, vice president and CMO of Philips Healthcare Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions said, "Instead of going from voice command to control an application, you can actually go beyond that and just use a brain sensor. A person can think about what he wants to do and this can trigger a command that gets executed."
This marks the latest in a string of partnerships between information technology and medical firms to develop products for people with chronic conditions. Though the technology is still in its nascent stage, many companies are testing the product to make it available to the people at the earliest.