A Preliminary Survey on the Perception of Marketability of Brain-Computer Interfaces and Initial Development of a Repository of BCI Companies

Femke Nijboer, B.Z. Allison, S. Dunne, D. Plass - Oude Bos, Antinus Nijholt, P. Haselager

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    The marketability of current and future BCI applications may greatly influence the decisions of goverments, the industry and academia. In this paper we first explored with a survey when respondents (N=145), who were present at the 4th International BCI Meeting, expect that different BCI applications will become commercially available. Second, we surveyed how well existing BCI companies are known to respondents. Third, we compared the ndings with our own preliminary overview of the marketability of BCIs and our repository of 28 companies. Respondents were optimistic about the marketability of BCIs for healthy users and users who need assistive technology, but 72.4 % of the respondents was unaware that companies already exist which market BCI's. Based on a preliminary market overview we cautiously suggest that optimism in relation to applications for healthy users is more appropriate than in relation to BCI-based assistive technology. In future we plan surveys among a broader range of stakeholders and a more profound analysis of the market.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings 5th International Brain-Computer Interface Conference (BCI 2011)
    EditorsG.R. Mueller-Putz, R. Sherer, M. Billinger, A. Kreilinger, V. Kaiser, C. Neuper
    Place of PublicationGraz
    PublisherGraz University of Technology
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)978-3-85125-140-1
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2011
    EventProceedings 5th International Brain-Computer Interface Conference (BCI 2011) - Graz, Austria
    Duration: 22 Sept 201124 Sept 2011

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    PublisherVerlag der Technischen Universität Graz


    ConferenceProceedings 5th International Brain-Computer Interface Conference (BCI 2011)
    Other22-24 Sep 2011


    • METIS-278831
    • BCI
    • BCI companies
    • IR-78138
    • Brain-Computer Interfacing
    • EWI-20589
    • marketability
    • commercial applications
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/248320

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