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What are Brain Computer Interfaces?

Brain computer interfaces (BCIs) are computer systems that take brain signals and translate them into commands. Users control BCIs by thinking about specific things such as imagining your favourite place, singing a song in your mind or imagining movement (e.g. closing and opening fist). Through practice, the BCI learns the specific patterns of your brain to perform a task, such as controlling music or playing a game. For example, you could turn on your favourite YouTube video just by thinking.

Eligibility criteria:

This program is for individuals:

  • with a physical disability that have restricted control of hand and arm movements
  • with any range of communication - must be able to respond to yes/no questions (e.g. verbally, with a physical signal or with yes/no cards)
  • that can understand cause and effect
  • with an estimated developmental age of minimum 5 years

To learn about more BCI opportunities:

Virtual Therapeutic Recreation BCI Program

This program is for individuals:

  • That have already completed the BCI Training program
  • Motivated to continue to explore their world using BCI technology
  • Interested in playing games, music, remote or sensory toys or making art
  • Willing to set a recreation based BCI goal
  • Excited to meet new friends, participate together and share experiences
  • Ready to have fun!