Devices that will help deaf-blind people as well as disabled people with hearing and vision impairments to communicate, read, work on the Internet, self-navigate and hear better. The devices will also be useful in other life situations.
What do we do
Devices that will help deaf-blind persons as well as disabled people with hearing and vision impairments to communicate, read, work on the Internet, self-navigate and hear better. The devices will also be useful in other life situations.
Who are main users
Deaf-blind persons having simultaneous hearing and visual impairments (including totally deaf and blind individuals). The devices will also be useful to people with hearing impairments and people with visual impairments only.
Some information about the devices
(computing device) – a small computer which coordinates the performance of all devices.
Electronic cane warns about the obstacles and is able to identify type of objects, signs, data placards and also set optimal routes.
A version of headphones with regular dynamics and vibration motors for bone conduction. This type of information transmission allows people who do not possess hearing aids or cochlear implants to hear better.
Speech recognition device
Allows to convert speech into text on the move and read it on the computer or smartphone display as well as on a Braille display.
Allows to significantly improve learning process and rehabilitation of deaf-blind persons as data on brain bioelectrical activity provide necessary information for modifying specialists’ work.
When will first prototypes appear
When can I buy the devices
Production samples are expected by the end of 2018, that’s when will be announced the cost.
More on the Project
Name of the Project – «Neurocommunicator»
The aim of the Project:
Developing communication devices for people with impaired hearing and visual sensory functions (deaf-blind persons).
01.01.2017 – 30.08.2019
The Deaf-Blind Support Foundation So-edinenie (Con-nection), Branch Union «Neuronet», LLC «Neurobotics», Bauman Moscow State Technical University National Research University of Technology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LLC «Lexy», Group of companies «Inzhiniringovye Tekhnologii», Group of companies «Istok-Audio», LLC «АТВЕ», LLC «Speech Technology Centre», FSBI «Federal Scientific Clinical Centre of Otorhynolaringology FMBA of Russia», Moscow Technological University (MIREA).
Neurocommunicator is a complex of means of communication for people with sensory hearing and visual impairments (the deaf-blind) and has a distributed module structure. The main device is a small-size highly-productive computing platform which uses cross-modal information recoding to a more intact sensory channel or its subrange and is one of interfaced devices with a modified individual neuroheadset based on a complex evaluation of a person’s sensory systems using «Когниграф».
The structure of the complex implies transferring the most critical functions to separate modules (separate devices) which are connected to the main device by wire or wirelessly.
Separate functional modules of the complex
Module for functional testing of deaf-blind persons is a device (on the base of the system Когниграф) that functions along with a specialized programme software which allows to run a series of functional, psychological and cognitive tests for subsequent four- or eight- channel neuro-interface setting and its dynamic adaptation in using.
The module of visual images’ capturing is a compact device which allows to transmit video-information, its pre-processing and subsequent feedback (interpretation of images, signaling when recognizing an object and so on).
The headset module with incorporated loudspeakers and bone conduction function is a device (made in the form of headphones) aimed primarily at transmission of acoustic signals taking into consideration conductive hearing loss of a deaf-blind individual.
The module of speech and audio signals and their representation in text or in tactile form is a device which allows to capture voice or a different audio information using directional microphones and convert it into text form with subsequent representation in interfaced devices for tactile output of information.