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


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Nijboer, F. and Allison, B.Z. and Dunne, S. and Plass-Oude Bos, D. and Nijholt, A. and Haselager, P. (2011) A Preliminary Survey on the Perception of Marketability of Brain-Computer Interfaces and Initial Development of a Repository of BCI Companies. In: 5th International Brain-Computer Interface Conference, BCI 2011, 22-24 September 2011, Graz, Austria.

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Abstract: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.
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