Fully aware. And yet completely unable to move or speak. It sounds like an Edgar Allen Poe nightmare, but for victims of severe stroke it can be a terrifying, isolating reality. However, digital technologists in Russia have come up with a solution that promises to release stroke sufferers who find themselves locked in.
I.am.here is an app that scans activity in the brain, interprets the raw signals and translates them into corresponding emotions. The app then presents these emotional states as statements on a screen, effectively letting the user communicate their state of mind – I’m interested, I’m happy, I’m angry ¬– and so on.
Developed jointly by digital communications agency AdWatch Isobar, the Russian stroke foundation ORBI and mobile software developers Yarr! the app offers hope for those who have lost the capacity to speak and the loved ones who long to hear them again.
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