Dr. Sook-Lei Liew is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, and the director of the Neural Plasticity & Neurorehabilitation Labatory at USC. At IEEE VR 2017, she was showing off a DIY Brain Computer Interface called REINVENT, which is an acronym that stands for “Rehabilitation Environment using the Integration of Neuromuscular-based Virtual Enhancements for Neural Training.” It uses the Open BCI system, and uses 16 channels in a 10–20 system EEG arrangement. This project was funded by the National Innovative Research Grant from the American Heart Association, and was created in order to create a low-cost immersive technology solution that could be used for neurorehabilitation for stroke victims.
I had a chance to catch up with Liew at the IEEE VR 2017 conference where we talked about the development of the REINVENT BCI, how they’re using IMUs to get tracking data, the principles of neurorehabilitation, the potential role of virtual embodiment in neurorehabilitation, and the various open questions around which factors determine whether or not someone will recover or not.
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