Intel IQ writes about i-Brain

International on-line journal Intel IQ published a big article on the development of neurointerfaces. Successes of iBrain were also noted among list of companies.

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Intel iQ is a technical journal that helps you to understand how people live and what technologies they use to change the world. Famous and novice innovators, developers and professionals from Intel and the entire industry help people to learn how technologies are emerging, how they work and how they can be used in everyday life.

Recently, the magazine published an article in which explained as much as possible and clear the essence of brain-computer interface technology, as well as the history and trends of its development.

This article is not only about non-invasive interfaces. The authors of the article give us a full overview of the scope and the market. Among companies mentioned are such as “Neuralink” - the company that was bought and headed by Ilon Mask, “Neurable” is a very interesting company that develops NCI for managing gadgets and software, including computer interfaces, helmets and virtual reality glasses, “Muse”, whose product determines the state of Brain during meditation and on the basis of this data creates musical accompaniment for a deeper and more conscious immersion” and many others. “In Russia, developments are conducted at research institutes and universities, as well as in commercial companies. Separately it is worth mentioning the companies NeuroG, iBrain, “United Instrument-Making Corporation” (part of Rostech) and Cyber Myonics. We interviewed Konstantin Sonkin, CEO of iBrain. The company is developing a neurointerface used for the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered a stroke or brain traumas. One of the successfully accomplished tasks of the company is the device of miniature sizes, which allows using it at home or in rehabilitation centers and boarding houses.

According to Konstantin, the idea of creating a neural interface arose seven years ago in the process of writing a Ph.D. thesis under the guidance of Professor Lev Stankevich, an expert in artificial intelligence. Correctly made forecast for the development of the industry made it possible to foresee the annual growth rate of the market by almost 40% (by 2020 the market of neurointerfaces can reach 350 billion dollars). After the completion of the fundamental research, lasting for 7 years, the company iBrain was created, which included specialists from different fields of science.

“We created a brain-computer interface based on the motor imagination, so we implemented an approach that uses only imagination of movement without its physical execution. Thus, on the basis of data of electroencephalogram we can track the imaginary movement of the patient and provide feedback on it, “- says the company’s CEO..

NCI developed by iBrain is required for patients with a broad profile, and first of all these are patients who have suffered stroke, brain and spinal traumas. In many cases, there is reason to believe that this approach will help slow the development of such diseases as Alzheimer’s and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which Stephen Hawking is suffering from).

[…] Modern solutions are based on physiotherapy - massage, physical flexion and extension of limbs. “Such solutions are needed, and we do not supersede them, but only supplement these techniques, because by themselves they do not restore the violeted structures of the brain. Our system of recognizing imaginary movements and providing feedback is aimed precisely at this restoration, ” - Konstantin explains.

[…] “Immediacy of the problem is strengthened by the fact that due to the inability to control the limbs during the year, the remaining brain structures responsible for the movement begin to degrade. It is necessary to start neurorehabilitation as soon as possible, because using it on-time can accelerate the recovery process in 2-3 times. If it is impossible to restore the motor function, for example in case of spinal fracture, this technology is used to control a wheelchair or exoskeleton,”- says the project manager.

“Rehabilitation can take place in a hospital or a sanatorium, but the need to come to receptions or hold a place for the patient can lead to strong restrictions, and most important thing is that we can miss the right time. Therefore, one of our tasks is to create an opportunity to come to the patient’s home and carry out rehabilitation in the place where he is now. Our device allows us to do this due to the compactness and ease of use.”

The pilot test is scheduled for autumn 2017. We are sure that we will hear more than once about the success of iBrain. We are grateful for the opportunity to talk about such developments today.”

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