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Dr Jordan Nguyen's mind-controlled wheelchair

Mind-controlled Wheelchair using Artificial Intelligence

After having an accident and spending 24 hours paralyzed, Dr Jordan Nguyen vowed to focus his research career on helping people with disabilities. He spend his time learning about neuroscience, medical science, robotics, artificial intelligence and biomedical instrumentation in order to create devices that can convert brain signals into actions such as motor movements.

Dr Jordan Nguyen’s mind-controlled wheelchair


Using an artificial intelligence system, Dr Nguyen was able to create a program that focuses on changes in thoughts prompting a wheelchair to move. For example, the user would imagine a certain object and that would result in specific brain signals, which can be determined by the programmed and be associated with a particular action such as moving the wheelchair forward.

The wheelchair has been trialed on people with mid-range quadriplegia, who were able to quickly learn how to guide it through a moving obstacle course.

Dr Nguyen aims to make the wheelchair affordable and also adapt the technology to prosthetic limbs.

Watch this presentation by Dr Jordan Nguyen at TEDxTheRocks, talking about the Enabling technology and the Mind-controlled Wheelchair.


Also checkout this post about a special music instrument created by Dr Jordan Nguyen that helped a girl with Cerebral Palsy playing music with her eyes

About Mohammad

Dr Mohammad Khazab completed his Ph.D. in Computer Systems Engineering (Artificial Intelligence) at the University of South Australia in 2011. He has worked as Senior Software Engineer, Web Developer, and Research Associate on various projects. Currently he works at Schneider Electric on the design and development of new software solutions for smart devices used for home automation and Internet of Things. He's also been working on enterprise software for supply chain network simulation and optimisation, advanced planning and scheduling. In his spare times, In his spare times, he works on creating websites and mobile applications (Web2day Design), researching and writing about cutting-edge technologies in this blog. He has ambitions to solve real-world problems, and to use his knowledge and skills to develop useful applications.

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