Neurochat system gives an opportunity of network communication to people who cannot speak or move; to people with such diagnosis as cerebral palsy, ALS, cerebrovascular disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurotraumas (TBI, spinal trauma, etc.) so that they can communicate with medical personnel, relatives, friends and the whole world.
TYPING WITH YOUR MIND
Neurochat allows typing without any speech or movements. User concentrates on a letter or a symbol from key board on the screen that he/she wants to type and ‘mentally choose’ this object. Then, letter by letter and with the help of predictive system, user can type short messages as well as full long sentences.
SOCIAL NETWORK COMMUNICATION
Neurochat was created not only for communication with closest relatives but rather for world-wide Internet communication. That is why we connected Neurochat with Vkontakte, offered SMS alternative and we are working on connecting it to other social networks and messengers.
In addition to online communication, Neurochat gives an opportunity to use other Internet services, which have been integrated into the system. Now users can read thematic news feeds (sport, politics, culture, etc.) and watch video, write noted or diary.
CONTROL OF EXTERNAL DEVICES
We are working on connecting Neurochat to other electronic devices so that user can interact with, for example, “Smart House”.
Please, watch our short movie to see Neurochat in action. You will see Neurochat users and creators of the system.
The NeuroChat project is an innovative platform of brain-computer interfaces for neurocommunication and neurotraining, which allows typing with mental effort, developing and training human cognitive functions, as well as controlling the electrophysiological parameters of the brain.
Mastering neurocommunication technologies, i.e. developing direct contact between human brain and other artificial systems is a serious step towards a potential breakthrough on creating symbiotic human-machine systems. Such systems, being a challenge in present time, will be able to provide global competitive advantage in network communication technologies in the future.
NeuroChat, being one of the technological implementations of future NeuroCommunication market, is a response to the social request of millions of people, not only in Russia but also around the world. The system is multilingual: nowadays users already have an access to interfaces and virtual keyboard for entering text in Cyrillic, Latin, Kazakh and Turkish alphabets, work is an underway to introduce more languages of Asian countries, Chinese being one of the first ones on the list.
NeuroChat has no language barriers; the system considers the language of the message receiver and auto-translates it online. By and large, the social network formed on the basis of NeuroChat is initially designed as an international one.
In February 2018, together with the University of Southern California, the world's first session of international neural communications of two people from different continents was held: the Russian user corresponded with the American, both participants had difficulty communicating using standard methods; they were choosing characters in their native language, and the system was automatically translating it from Russian to English and vice versa.
NeuroChat is not only a communication system for people with speech and movement restrictions, but also a platform for neurotraining. NeuroChat works with the help of mental efforts, that is, under the “direct control” of the user's cognitive sphere.
Due to the implementation of feedback between the computer and the brain, as well as specifically developed techniques, it is possible to train concentration and other cognitive functions, while controlling physiological parameters on the EEG, which significantly increases the effectiveness.
Cognitive sphere training is not only the improvement of one’s mental abilities in the present tense: attention, memory, reaction speed, etc., but also the possibility to reach and maintain a state of “bright mind” in old age. The World Health Organization points out that working with the cognitive sphere is an effective method of preventing dementia (senile dementia).
We live in an age of rapidly changing world with vast amounts of new information that needs to be processed and acquired. Cognitive training allows you to improve the "productivity" and "efficiency" of the brain, make reactions more "acute", and digestibility more effective.
NeuroChat is entirely Russian development. The system was one of the first projects of the National Technology Initiative that helped develop and promote new markets of NeuroNet.
NeuroChat is a hardware-software complex that includes the “Garant-EEG” neuro-headset and the special “ErgoStim” interface installed on the user's computer. The headset registers user's neurophysiological data and transforms his mental efforts into specific commands for a computer keyboard or other executive devices. By tranforming the mental decision-making process of choosing characters into a real set of symbols on the screen, a person can type letter by letter without the effort of voice and movement. A special user interface allows you to accelerate the process of typing using advanced technology similar to T9 (quick input system used in smartphones and Internet search engines), and provides online translation into the interlocutor's language.
The software is updated on regular basis, as well as various working methods with NeuroChat itself
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A comfortable headset is put on the user's head, designed for long-term wear, which registers EEG and transfers data to a computer or tablet via a Wi-Fi wireless channel. The user "chooses" the desired character on the computer screen by concentrating on his intention. The algorithm for determining mental commands is developed considering possible low attention of a user, as well as low motivational-emotional attitudes or increased mental fatigue. The technology’s success rate of “choosing” desired symbol on average is equal to 80-95%. The execution time depends on the number of objects on the screen; on average it takes 2-3 seconds to choose one object. NeuroChat is created and can be used not only for choosing characters but also for controlling sets of different hospital equipment such as “smart home” system. Currently, work is underway to integrate this system into NeuroChat.
In December 2016 we presented the neuroheadset and conducted an experiment, in which two users from different rooms had a conversation through Neurochat.
In January 2018 Neurochat was presented at the biggest international exhibition of consumer electronics - CES 2018.
In February 2018 first conversation of user’s from different countries was held: one patient was in Moscow, the other – in Los-Angeles.
In June 2018 Neurochat was considered the best project in its category at the biggest exhibition of consumer electronics in Asia – CES Shanghai 2018.
In September 2018 Neurochat was considered one of the best Russian invention in 2017 according to Ruspatent.
In 2018 Neurochat will be presented at the international exhibition of medical equipment in Dusseldorf – MEDICA 2018.
In the summer of 2019, R&D of NeuroChat was successfully completed; the project transitioned to the commercial phase.
In December 2019, at the leading Russian technology forum: Global Technology Leadership, NeuroChat was awarded for its contribution to the technological development.
NeuroChat is a multidisciplinary project that combines the achievements of local scientists with academic background in neurophysiology and neuroinformatics. Neurophysiologists, psychologists, doctors, engineers, economists, marketers, programmers and mathematicians took part in the project.
A team of specialists with extensive experience is working under NeuroChat project. All employees, from the scientists and engineers to patronage service and managers have experience in development of several high-tech projects. Only the close-knit work of like-minded people has allowed us to create from scratch and bring to the market an innovative product, practically unparalleled in the world, in just two years!
Natalia Galkinaour CEO and ideological inspirer, through whom Neurochat saw the light. Natalia is one of the leading entrepreneurs in high-tech sector in Russian, leader of “Neurocommunication and marketing” section of Neuronet branch union, supervisor of several scientific researches and more than 100 research projects based on neurophysiological methods and tools.
Alexander Luzhinpresident of Association “НП “Эксперт” [NP Expert], Neurochat R&D supervisor, possess long-time experience in managing high-tech projects. Alexander had a difficult task of uniting science and production. To create a unique neuroheadset, to build an appropriate software, to put puzzle pieces together and make an innovative product – these are the most important things and without them Neurochat would not become a effective solution for many people who seek communication.
Alesya ChichinkinaPR director of Neurochat with over 8 years’ experience in the field of marketing and PR of high-tech projects. Alesya is a person who told to the whole world (and it is not an exaggeration) about this unique product, which is able to improve the life quality of many people and give basis for many other neurotechnological achievements. Thanks to Alesya, many people from all the corners of the world are now waiting for Neurochat to come to their lives.
Yury Mustafintechnical director of Neurochat with over 10 years’ experience in managing IT department of high-tech projects. Yury’s broad knowledge allowed to find not only an IT solution but to create the project on the basis of many long-term scientific researches. To successfully realize the task, Yury immersed himself in many neurophysiological nuances and as a result he has created simple and user-friendly product, which had been unattainable before for many specialists in brain-computer interfaces.
Alexander KaplanDoctor of Biological Sciences, professor, Russian leading scientist in neuro-interfaces field, scientific leader of Neurochat project. Alexander is a scientist with a capital S, the most important thing for him is to get to the truth, find the answers, discover the unknown. Because of his work Neurochat get the scientific basis, accompanied with the years of investigations.
Igor Zimin Business development director. Igor is a professional with a capital P! His experience in business development exceeds 20 years! He worked in marketing for such companies as Michelin, Castrol, etc. Igor has built a system of strategic marketing in NeuroChat for intelligent development of the company. He is a part of the team, thanks to which NeuroChat took the first steps towards foreign markets.
Galina Erschova Head of the NeuroСhat nursing service. The task of cooperation with doctors, medical centers and patients has fallen on Galina’s shoulders. She is the person who not only teaches neuro-communication, but also supports them on an arduous path of overcoming difficulties, overcoming themselves.
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