Recent PhD graduate’s first-of-its-kind tech gives 15-year-old a unique chance to communicate: CBC News

Amanda Fleury’s fabric-based sensors helps persons with disabilities converse by translating electrical signals generated with blinking. (Photo: Michael Freeman).

January 22, 2018

Amanda Fleury, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), has been featured in the media for her first-of-its-kind technology that is helping a 15-year-old with a severe neurogenerative illness communicate with his environment.

“To be able to see someone effecting change for the first time, and see their reaction when they recognize that they’re able to control something, maybe it’s music, maybe it’s telling a joke, it can be anything … that’s been a really powerful thing,” Fleury told CBC News.

Read the CBC News story about Fleury’s work on fabric-based sensors, conducted with IBBME professor Tom Chau at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.