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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2015, Article ID 623896, 17 pages
Research Article

Brain Computer Interface on Track to Home

1Barcelona Digital Technology Center, C/Roc Boronat 117, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
2Graz University of Technology, Inffeldgasse 13/4. OG, 8010 Graz, Austria
3Institute of Psychology, University of Würzburg, Marcusstraße 9-11, 97070 Würzburg, Germany
4Faculty of life and Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Jordanstown BT370QB, UK
5Cedar Foundation, 31 Ulsterville Avenue, Belfast BT9 7AS, UK
6g.tec Guger Technologies OG, Sierningstrasse 14, 4521 Schiedlberg, Austria
7Telehealth Solutions, Building 6, Suite 7a, Croxley Green Business Park, Hatters Lane, Watford WD18 8YH, UK

Received 7 November 2014; Revised 26 March 2015; Accepted 19 April 2015

Academic Editor: Yusheng Liu

Copyright © 2015 Felip Miralles et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The novel BackHome system offers individuals with disabilities a range of useful services available via brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), to help restore their independence. This is the time such technology is ready to be deployed in the real world, that is, at the target end users’ home. This has been achieved by the development of practical electrodes, easy to use software, and delivering telemonitoring and home support capabilities which have been conceived, implemented, and tested within a user-centred design approach. The final BackHome system is the result of a 3-year long process involving extensive user engagement to maximize effectiveness, reliability, robustness, and ease of use of a home based BCI system. The system is comprised of ergonomic and hassle-free BCI equipment; one-click software services for Smart Home control, cognitive stimulation, and web browsing; and remote telemonitoring and home support tools to enable independent home use for nonexpert caregivers and users. BackHome aims to successfully bring BCIs to the home of people with limited mobility to restore their independence and ultimately improve their quality of life.