This year, Control Bionics was honored to be included in the annual listing of 20 companies that are at the forefront of providing Medtech Year End Special Solutions and impacting the industry.
CEO Rob Wong spoke with Medtech Outlook about the background of Control Bionics, the exciting technology used in these devices, and the future plans to reach more patients and give them a voice.
Read the full article to gain insights on:
- Company Beginnings: Mr. Peter Shann Ford, the former CNN journalist and anchor, was inspired by the potential to help free one of the world’s great minds, Stephen Hawking.
- The Use of EMG Technology: Electromyography (EMG), is a technique to measure muscle response or electrical activity in response to a nerve’s stimulation of the muscle. In the case of individuals experiencing MND and similar conditions, an application of this EMG phenomenon shined a ray of new hope in how they could communicate and interact with the world around them.
- The NeuroNode: The company’s flagship device, the NeuroNode, is a wearable EMG control switch allowing users to use EMG for spatial control to increase communication and speed significantly. The solution works by measuring activities from the muscles—with current as feeble as 0.0000001 volts.
- Expanding on EMG: The NeuroNode Trilogy, which consists of touch control, eye control and the NeuroNode3 control, work in tandem with each other to the needs of any and all patient types.
- The Differentiator: Multiple ways to communicate with the computer. This means that for different users with varying capabilities, one or a combination of those access methods can be used to communicate. The multiple access methods allow for flexibility through the day, or life of the user.
- One Example of Success: A young lady experiencing NMD was unable to go up past third grade because she couldn’t communicate effectively in the classroom. After using the NeuroNode, she was able to control the computer and get past limits previously experienced by her.
- Motivation to Expand: Ultimately, Control Bionics wants to go beyond helping patients with their communication, and harness their technology to enable people to access the world around them.