DXB – BCI – Moving Forward

DXB is one of the DX projects who’s mandate is to build a dedicated brain computer interface experience to research, explore and understand how BCI can work with the brain’s plasticity (ability to change) to help people with neurological conditions. There is potential for this system to be useful for other conditions and for general well-being. Scroll down this page for more detailed information.

Please click here > for the DXB – Get It Done section.
The Get It Done section will go into more detail about the team, the development roadmap and what we need to finish the first prototype and it’s 5 related BCI experiences. It also has some information about the budget and fundraising strategy for the first prototype.

– Hands –
We are moving forward to build our first BCI experience. It’s called Hands.
It will initially integrate BCI with an onscreen representation of a person’s hands.
The onscreen hands will respond to the brainwaves of the person wearing the BCI headset.
The person we know with ALS is starting to lose the ability to move his fingers.
We want to determine if we can slow down or stop the developing paralysis.
We will explore this by seeing if a BCI oriented system like this can provide a training regimen for this person to trigger positive changes in his brain. A rewiring of sorts.
Below is a screenshot of a 3d model of a set of virtual hands. They will respond to the brainwave activity of our participants.
This concept will be fleshed out further in a future update.

To start, we are going to build 5 different kinds of BCI experiences related to the first prototype, including the Hands experience.
Once the 5 are ready, we are going to introduce them to 3 different people. One older adult male with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease, one older adult male with Muscular Dystrophy, and one young girl with severe epilepsy. We will expand access to more people over time.

In the meantime, Check out this video at the link below of the BCI related work done by Dr. Eric C. Leuthardt, a Neurological Surgeon and Biomedical Engineer. Leuthardt’s BCI system combined with a motorized exoskeleton device has helped Rick Arnold, a stroke victim, regain the use of his hands.
> BCI – Brain-computer interface reverses paralysis in stroke victims – Reuters News : Dr. Leuthardt video link

Additional resources are below:

> stroke glove

> Brain computer interface may aid stroke recovery – Medscape.com

> A motor imagery based brain-computer interface for stroke rehabilitation.