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November 24 / 2021

Invention is designed to switch thoughts into action

University of Alberta, Folio — Device would allow children with severe mobility issues to control toys or even powered wheelchairs with their minds.

Imagine children with severe mobility issues being able to move their wheelchairs with their minds. That’s the idea behind a new brain-computer interface being developed by researchers at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary.

Think2Switch is designed to be a simple and nearly universal bridge connecting brain signals to switch-enabled devices such as a wheelchair, light or electric toy. It’s still in the early stages of development but early tests have been promising.

The device is the inaugural winner of the ST Innovations Challenge.

Read the full University of Alberta, Folio story here.