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Plataforma de comunicación basada en glassware para esclerosis lateral amiotrófica


Oferta Tecnológica
Un instituto español de investigación médica ha desarrollado una plataforma de comunicación optimizada para Google Glass ® y especializada en esclerosis lateral amiotrófica (ALS). Esta plataforma se ha desarrollado para facilitar la comunicación y se basa en el uso remoto de otros dispositivos electrónicos, realizando consultas virtuales para monitorizar el estado de salud del paciente. El software permite a los pacientes gestionar y enviar sus datos sanitarios recogidos por otros dispositivos o a través de Google Glass ® a sus hospitales o centros sanitarios y la monitorización virtual y continua del paciente sin necesidad de desplazamientos al domicilio. El instituto busca empresas con el fin de establecer acuerdos de investigación y cooperación técnica para la explotación comercial posterior de la tecnología.


Communication platform using glassware for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
A Spanish medical research institute has developed a communication platform optimized for Google Glass ® and specialized in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The platform is aimed at easier making communication, allowing remote use of other electronic devices and facilitating virtual consultations in order to monitor patient´s health status. The research institute looks for companies interested in research and/or technical cooperation for its development and later commercial exploitation.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles (muscle actions which can be to controlled, such as those in the arms, legs, and face). The disease belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are characterized by the gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons. ALS causes weakness with a wide range of disabilities. Eventually, all muscles under voluntary control are affected, and individuals lose their strength and the ability to move their arms, legs, and body. ALS does not affect a person´s ability to see, smell, taste, hear, or recognize touch. Patients usually maintain control of eye muscles and bladder and bowel functions.
A Spanish medical research institute, in collaboration with a technical university, has developed a new communication platform optimized for Google Glass ® and specialized in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The use of the new platform has a positive impact on quality of life and empowering people with moderate to severe disabilities, improving their communication skills, facilitating their interaction with the Health System and improving the remote control of existing appliances.
The platform primarily aims to ease communication, allowing remote use of other electronic devices and facilitating virtual health consultations in order to monitor patient´s health status avoiding home visits. The platform is a customizable technology so that it can be adapted to each person´s disability and to the different stages of the same individual condition.
Researchers have designed and developed a platform composed by a Google Glass device and a mobile terminal (iOS or Android). A prototype of this platform was tested successfully. The prototype, focused on the communication applications, allowed the patient to send messages and images selected from an option menu to a family member smartphone. This option menu, designed with the collaboration of an ALS patient with severe disability, includes a number of basic communication functions relating to mood, needs or desires of the patient and questions about his/her health and physical condition. This preliminary prototype platform allows control by the movements of your eyes (blinking).
The platform software, using Google Glass®, can be connected to other intelligent electronic devices such as speech synthesizers, health wearables and/or home appliances. The software also allows instant messaging on iOS and Android to establish two-way communication with Google Glass®.
The research institute is looking for a partner interested in research and/or technical cooperation for its development and later commercial exploitation of this software. The ideal partners would be manufacturers of equipment in the health-care sector, particularly those already engaged in marketing medical software and applications.
Advantages and Innovations:
· Usable for a large number of people: adaptable to people with moderate to severe disability, regardless of the type and cause (stroke, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative diseases ...).
· Adaptable to patient condition changes: the software can be adapted to disability in cases of progressive conditions such as ALS.
· Great usability: Unlike conventional devices, the device is practical and wearable, thereby increasing patient´s independence.
· Improvement of patient health monitoring: The software allows patients to manage and send their own health data, collected by other wearables or through Google Glass ®, to their hospital or health center, making continuous virtual patient monitoring possible, consequently avoiding home visits.
· Easy access to the application: as a downloadable software, it would be easily available to any Smartphone or Tablet in the world, only requiring a change in the language selection menu.
· Scalable: the platform can be used not only for sanitary purpose but in a broad spectrum of areas and users (home automation, alternative communication, etc.).
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The research team of this medical research institute is looking for a company, in the field of medical devices and/or software interested in signing technical and/or research cooperation agreements for the development of this device. The partner sought should be interested too in the lather commercialization of this device.


Type and Size of Client:
R&D Institution
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Languages Spoken:


Technology Keywords:
01004001 Applications for Health
06005003 Gestión de información sobre salud
06005002 Sensores y productos inalámbricos
06001013 Tecnología médica / ingeniería biomédica