A wearable that allows ALS patients to express themselves again

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. Patients eventually lose the ability to speak or smile, but their brain activities are the same – meaning that they are trapped in a body that no longer allows any form of expression. Holowave uses brain–computer interface technology, a neural network system, deep learning and face recognition to allow ALS patients to escape this situation The device captures brain transmissions through a wearable device, which then projects the user’s face as a hologram in front of them to show their emotions.

Zhefan Yu – Ruichang Zhang – Yudong Tao

  • Zhefan Yu – Ruichang Zhang – Yudong Tao
    Tsinghua University

    Zhefan Yu is pursuing his master of design degree at Tsinghua University, he graduated as a bachelor from Tsinghua University in 2013. He passionate about assisting businesses & product to innovate through framing insights and exploring solutions. He has been enjoying a wide range of research works for more than five years in the field of design. Moreover, he worked at HUAWEI, Lenovo ( focuses on both design strategy & design for manufacturing ), Amazon kindle ( focuses on UX design) , Intel ( focuses on design engineering) and CRR ( China Railway Rolling stock Corporation), he has adequate work & project experiences in Product design, design research and user experience design. He is focusing on the research of BCI(Brain-Computer Interaction) & Design Morphology recently under the supervision of Prof. Song Qiu. Ruichang Zhang and Yudong Tao are both specializing in Product design and CG art.more

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