Sunday, February 16, 2014

A brief reply

For some reason, some of the comments on my posts have not appeared in my email with the result that I seem to have missed them. I accidentally saw a couple of comments by Amitabh Nanda in an old post which I felt I should reply to:
Amitabh Nanda September 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM:
Hello Professor Ranjan
It is so heartwarming to hear about your incredible and brave journey. 
My mother suffers from Motor Neurone Disease and is also rapidly becoming "locked in". Like you, she has not allowed the condition to destroy her spirit and her zest for life and is keen to push herself to do as much as her disability will allow. 
I have been researching options to help her communicate - and was looking at eyegaze and headmouse as two options, when I came upon the EPOC headgear. While it seems like the perfect solution, given her severely limited mobility and the complexity of using systems like eyegaze, the developers at EMOTIV were unable to clarify for me whether I could successfully use EPOC in combination with an onscreen, hands-free keyboard, and who would be responsible for programming the device for the same.
It seems that you have arrived at such a solution and that you are using it very successfully and I might say, prolifically.
Can you let me know where I can get more information about the interface - again, I am looking specifically for the people who worked with the developer kit of the EPOC and got it to work with your trusty laptop.
Thanks very much and keep shiningAmitabh

Amitabh Nanda September 7, 2013 at 12:30 AM:
My mistake, Mr Karat, I addressed you as Professor Ranjan, sorry about that.
Can you please let me know how to contact you? I'd like to order an EMOTIV system to help my mum type and communicate, as you do and am a little confused about which setup to choose.
I spent some time reading through your blog and will be recommending it to my mum, who is an equally curious soul and will definitely be emboldened by the range of your interests and your prolific posting.

Amitabh Nanda, if you are still reading this blog, I am sorry for not replying earlier. The programming  for my headset was done by Prof. Prabhat Ranjan from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT) who can be contacted at 09328800025 or 07930510553. I can be contacted at I hope your mother finds the headset as useful as I have.

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