Nataliya Kosmyna, Eugene Hauptmann, Yasmeen Hmaidan

 Nataliya Kosmyna, Eugene Hauptmann, Yasmeen Hmaidan

The Ddog project features a Spot robot from Boston Dynamics and a Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) system powered by AttentivU, a pair of wireless glasses that can measure person’s Electroencephalography (EEG – brain activity) and Electrooculography (EOG – eye movements) signals. Ddog project is the next step in extending the Brain Switch application, a real-time, closed-loop BCI system allowing for real-time correspondence of simple user needs to a caretaker non-verbally. The Brain Switch aims to help support basic communication needs for those with physical challenges (ALS, CP, SCI). Ddog project is built using the same tech stack and infrastructure as Brain Switch.  

The biggest advantage of the Ddog is its mobility: it is the first fully autonomous, brain-powered, wireless system that features a Spot robot and runs on two iPhones, with no need for using sticky electrodes and backpacks for computing.

Ddog is designed with manipulation assistance in mind: the arm of Spot is used to deliver groceries, bring a chair, a book or a toy, etc.

Check the video of the project as well as the interview with Nataliya Kosmyna, Ph.D, the project lead, on why we created Ddog, below!

Past contributors include:

Yasmeen Hmaidan, Edward Hartley, and of course, Spot!

For inquiries – please contact nkosmyna AT media DOT mit DOT edu .