For over two years, high school teachers, Larry Bencivengo and Benjamin Hart, have been teaching and sharing neural engineering curriculum they developed together at the CSNE. They are now poised to take their lesson plans to a national stage.
In the Neural Engineering Tech Studio, students participate in a competition aimed at developing their ideas into prototypes for commercial and clinical applications.
Armin Rouz’ mother has some visual impairments, and because of this she tends to lose things.
“She loses cases for her glasses a lot, backpacks, water bottles, purses,” Rouz said. “She tries to remember where she put things, and she usually gets to the place where she left stuff. But objects are not exactly where she remembers, and it’s hard for her to see what she lost.”
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) members at the University of Washington (UW), in collaboration with NeuroRecovery Technologies, are developing a novel, non-invasive therapeutic approach for people with spinal cord injury, which promotes long-term recovery of hand and arm function.
The CSNE has engineered a new, all glassy carbon neural probe capable of electrically stimulating and recording from neurons in the brain while simultaneously detecting dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in debilitating neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
Nationally-known disability rights leader, John Kemp, spoke at the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) last month. He emphasized the importance of building awareness of disability perspectives and keeping both wants and needs of technology end-users firmly in mind throughout the device design and development process.
Today, when realistic-looking prosthetic hands with articulating fingers are becoming more widely available, one of the first things many people notice about John Kemp is that he chooses to use prosthetic metal clamps instead of hands.
“These don’t look functional,” Kemp said, holding up his clamps. “They’re highly functional. I wear these all day. I need function. I need reliable and durable equipment.”