Philips teamed up with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, Emotiv, a neuroengineering company, and Fjord, a service design consultancy that is part of Accenture Interactive, to connect and control Philips’ Hue Lighting, SmartTV and Lifeline Medical Alert Service products.
Many patients with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and other neurodegenerative conditions live every day with a frustrating inability to do small, everyday tasks, such as turning on the lights, changing the volume on the TV, or even communicating with their friends and loved ones.
Wearable technology and consumer products can be brought together with digital innovations to let a person with no mobility control their environment using brain commands, via a custom-built tablet application and wearable display interface. This proof of concept demonstrates the potential to improve the quality of life for ALS patients – or any person with limited muscle and speech function– by giving them the ability to interact, communicate and issue commands without moving their body.
User sends brain commands: Using their thoughts or other simple facial movements, a person can send brain commands through the Emotiv headset’s EEG (Electroencephalography) or EMG (Electromyography) sensors.
Wearable display shows navigation interface: The user navigates the interface in their field of vision through the wearable display, scrolling through the navigation and selecting an action by thinking simple commands, such as “down” or “left.”
Digital application reads commands and connects devices: Brain commands received from the Emotiv headset are processed through the Accenture and Philips digital application to control the interface and connect Philips Smart products.
Smart products are activated: connected to the application, a user can turn on a Philips light or television, or call for medical help, just by using their thoughts.