MCS patients are excluded from common communication channels. Within the CoMiCon project, a Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) was developed to enable a simple “yes/no communication” directly with the brains of MCS patients. The innovation combines modern technologies such as EEG, fNIRS, physiological sensors, specialized software and individual human attention. The patients hear questions from their relatives for which the answers are known; they are asked to respond mentally in the brain. Various types of music are used to encourage the attention of the patients. All in all, a system has been developed with which communication with MCS patients can be tested and trained. From this project alone, however, it cannot yet be conclusively confirmed that communication with MCS patients is always possible – only a large clinical study could prove this.
The project ran three years and was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Brain Products was the project coordinator; the company NIRx Medizintechnik, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and BDH-Klinik Hessisch Oldendorf were project partners.
– Summary of results incl. video: click here
– Interview with Dr. Manfred Jaschke, General Manager of Brain Products: click here
– Project description at the beginning of the project: click here