The advances in IoT-m, Internet of Things for medical, are both exhilarating and ominous. Earlier this week, Duke University published results for taking the brainwaves from a monkey to control a robotic chair!
Yes, it’s a bit creepy to think about brainwaves controlling a device, but once you get past the shock-and-awe of the situation, the opportunity for medical advancements in IoT-m is simply incredible. Consider being able to think and then devices around your house respond to your command.
Enabling devices to respond to our thoughts and voices has real benefits for people who are confined to wheelchairs. MIT has been working with The Boston Home for nearly 10 years to develop a variety of innovations in robotic chairs.
There are about 4.3 million powered wheelchairs users in the US. Up to 40% of surveyed users find daily steering and maneuvering tasks to be difficult or impossible. Developments in smart wheelchairs improves independence and the standard of living for users.
After the concepts have been proven, the next step in IoT-m is to provide human interfaces intobackend data. Key technologies like Apple ResearchKit, Apple HealthKit, IBM Watson, Google ResearchStack, and IoT platforms from Xively and PTC, are critical for the commercialization of these bold initiatives.
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