Voice assistant technology has found its way into many modern homes, offering helpful skills that make lives easier. However, to use this technology effectively, one has to memorize certain commands that may be more difficult for older populations. MindVoice, an EEG-enhanced voice assistant for older adults, was crafted with this in mind to make the advantages of voice assistant technology more accessible to a wider audience.
This project was conceived by the University of Buffalo Embedded Sensing and Computing Group with Bridges from Borders. The device is wearable, combining speech with EEG technology that non-invasively measures brainwaves. These waves can help the device measure the wearers’ intent in their commands.
Some of the potential uses of the device are: easier communication with loved ones, management of home appliances and security devices without physical movement, and more. The device can also be helpful for people with disabilities and those who are not tech-savvy.
Each user will be provided with a document that acts as a troubleshooting resource should problems arise. The NGO’s staff will also be interacting with the users and can help familiarize them with the technology.
This project was given a grant of $1,420 as part of EPICS at IEEE’s Access and Abilities Competition.