BrainAble – Autonomy and social inclusion through mixed reality Brain-Computer Interfaces: Connecting the disabled to their physical and social world
  • Date: 1/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
  • Duration of the Project: January 2010 - December 2012
  • Leader: Barcelona Digital
  • Participants: Barcelona Digital, Graz University of Technologies (TUG), UPF-SPECS – Pompeu Fabra University / Institute of Audiovisual Studies, METI – Meticube, G.TEC – Guger Technologies OEG, ANET – AbilityNet, Institut de Neurorehabilitació Guttmann
  • Budget: 2,9 M€ (Sponsored by CE)
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    Type: 7FP - Cooperation

    Scope: European

    Short Description:

    The European R&D project BrainAble aims at improving personal independence and social constraints of people with physical disabilities, raising the possibility of interacting with their environment through the design of Human-Computer interfaces formed by sensors that measure the physical and emotional state (emphasizing the use of Brain-Computer interfaces (BCI)) of a person, combined with virtual environments and the connection of these interfaces with smart homes and social networks.

    It is known that motor functional diversity of any source have a dramatic effect on people’s quality of life. The Brainable project addresses this problem from several perspectives. It conceives, researches, designs, implements and validates a human-computer interface (HCI) composed of BCI sensors combined with affective computing.


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    These technologies aim at improving the quality of life of people suffering from functional diversity by addressing their two major limitations: exclusion from home and social activities. Brainable operates in the inner world for functional independence for ADLs and in the outer world for social inclusion.

    The project’s platform helps then people with functional diversity manage their living environment and improve social interaction.

    Objectives of Brainable’s user-centric platform are:

    • to improve the quality of life of people with motor functional diversity
    • to increase autonomy in ADLs and social inclusion
    • to decrease communication barriers
    • to create a specifically designed HCI, which integrates BCI with other specific sensor technologies
    • to build user-centric virtual environments for home and urban automation control, social networking and training
    • to create AmI and ubiquitous-computing services for accessible device integration, by adapting a universal remote console (URC) / UCH standard platform
    • to investigate self-expression media, VR-based tools and social networking services in relation to BCIs.



    The final objective is to improve social inclusion and the quality of life of persons with disabilities exceeding two barriers: the interaction of the person with your social and physical environment.

    Barcelona Digital's activity
    Consists of the coordination and technical leadership of issues related to ambient intelligence, social networking and interoperability.
    BrainAble project is funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement number 247447. The content of this web page reflects only the authors’ views. The European Commission is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.