EXG Buds

Overview

In the US, over 50 million people suffer from various disabilities (with over 1 billion worldwide). Mostdisabilities limit a person’s ability to interact with the world, such as limb loss, quadriplegia, and brain injury, as well as speech and hearing problems. Current assistive technologies need complicated, cumbersome, and expensive equipment, which are not user-friendly or portable, and still require excessive fine motor control.

EXGBuds provides patent-pending technology that allows you to control any smart device hands-free, simply by movingyour eyes. Our innovation uses machine learningand non-invasive biosensors attachedon top of the ears to identify eye activities with over 95 percent accuracy.

With voice cue instructions, users can quickly learn how to move theireyes to control different applications, such as a cell phone, powered wheelchair, smart home, or other devices.

EXGBuds are fully customizable. Using a 3D-printer or simply paperboard, users can easily download and modifythe design. They canplace different sensors at different locations to satisfy different needs. Particularly, our software app can identify various physiological activities like heart rate, breathing rate, and emotion states, and alert users when levels are dangerous. Even more, our device enables interactive games incorporating eye movements, which let people with autism or speech problems explore new, fun ways to communicate.

EXGBuds combines a universal controller, mobility, an early warning system, and new communication medium in one simple device at a low price. The “X” isa variable. It represents the ability to read many biosignals, and unlimited possibilities.

Team

Ker-Jiun Wang
PhD Candidate, Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh

John Apostolides
MSResearch Assistant
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Carnegie Mellon University

Prakash Thakur MS, MBA
Management Consultant & Medical Scientist
pcthakur@pitt.edu