Date Added: 14/12/2016

Date Updated: 14/12/2016

Emego for people using electronic assistive technologies

Specialties: Rehabilitation & disability

Technology Type: Devices - Other

Stage of development: Nearly established

Stage of EAA: Assessment in progress

Description, patients and keywords:

Emego, in development by GSPK Design Ltd, is an electromyography (EMG) switch, which uses electrical signals from muscle activity to wirelessly trigger electronic assistive technology (EAT).

 

Emego is designed to enable people with severe disability such as that arising from neurological injury or neurodegenerative disease, to have better control over their communication and environmental control equipment.

Emego is a small and light body worn sensor, paired up with a small base station. The body sensor can be attached to a wide range of muscles groups and can be used over extended periods of time. A trigger from a small muscle movement is detected by the body sensor and converted into a switching signal. This signal is transmitted wirelessly up to 10 metres to a small base station that interfaces with existing EAT via a standard 3.5mm phono jack. The body sensor can be charged via wireless inductive charging and can be used as a stand-alone device or accompany an existing switching method.

 Emego was designed in consultation with Barnsley Hospitals Assistive Technology team and in collaboration with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Devices for Dignity (D4D) Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) and The Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH). The company anticipate receiving a CE mark in January 2017 with launch into the UK NHS in March 2017.  

This report is work in progress and should not be used for external distribution without permission from the originating agency. Users should be aware that reports are based on information available at the time of research and often on a limited literature search.