Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO of Thought-Wired: building and helping others build solutions & experiences powered by brain interfaces
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Founder & CEO
We make it possible for people with profound disabilities to speak, reconnect with their loved ones and interact with the environment.
Thought-Wired empowers people with severe disabilities to communicate and connect with family, friends and others, interact with the environment, and lead fulfilling independent lives. We provide assistive solutions based on direct brain interface and principles of user-centred design. While our products are designed for the millions of people with disabilities worldwide, our customers are the organisations providing care and specialist services.
* Shortlisted for GE and StartUp Health Academy Entrepreneurship Program
* Best pitch at the NZ Software Association "Angel at my Table" event
* Regional Winner at the ANZ Flying Start Business Plan competition 2012
* Runner up at the Microsoft Imagine Cup NZ 2012.
* Runner up and the judges' special prize awardee at the Spark 100k Challenge 2011.
* Winner of the Spark Ideas Challenge 2011 in the Social Entrepreneurship category.
* Top-20 finalist of the Microsoft Imagine Cup NZ 2011.
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Purpose: This case study describes how an individual with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy was trained over a period of four weeks to use a commercial electroencephalography (EEG)-based brain-computer interface (BCI).
Method: The participant spent three sessions exploring the system, and seven sessions playing a game focused on EEG feedback training of left and right arm motor imagery and a customised, training game paradigm was employed.
Results: The participant showed improvement in the production of two distinct EEG patterns. The participant’s performance was influenced by motivation, fatigue and concentration. Six weeks post-training the participant could still control the BCI and used this to type a sentence using an augmentative and alternative communication application on a wirelessly linked device.
Conclusions: The results from this case study highlight the importance of creating a dynamic, relevant and engaging training environment for BCIs.
Implications for Rehabilitation
* Customising a training paradigm to suit the users’ interests can influence adherence to assistive technology training.
* Mood, fatigue, physical illness and motivation influence the usability of a brain-computer interface.
* Commercial brain-computer interfaces, which require little set up time, may be used as access technology for individuals with severe disabilities
Read More: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/17483107.2014.967313
Team lead of the Team Liberty
Runner up of the New Zealand Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 (Team Thought-Wired)
Runner up of the Spark 100k Entrepreneurship Challenge (Team Thought-Wired)
Inaugural winner of the Datacom Imagine Cup scholarship (2011)
Winner of the Spark Ideas Challenge 2011 - Social Entrepreneurship Category (Team Thought-Wired)
NZ national finalist of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 (Team Thought-Wired)
Inaugural recipient of the Employee of the Quarter Award at Flow Software (2010)
Institute of IT Professionals (IITP), formerly known as New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS)
Participated in the Startup Weekend Auckland 2012 as a member of team BizSlice, www.bizslice.co
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