Biomusic: Striking the right tone for people with autism

Apr 30, 2018, 4:42 AM EDT
(Source: Eli Christman/flickr)
(Source: Eli Christman/flickr)

People with autism or with other profound intellectual and multiple disabilities need special assistance to communicate their emotions to the external world. Biomedical engineers are exploring if Biomusic can fill this gap and provide an alternative communication pathway, making the life easier for both the patient and the caregiver.

Biomusic is an interface that tracks one’s pulse, breathing, temperature and sweat, relaying the data to an algorithm where this information is interpreted as sound and the output delivered as musical notes, varying in tempo in sync with changing emotional states, writes

The technique, invented by a team at Holland Bloorview, tries to respond to the needs of individuals who wish to get more information from their patients via alternative, unobtrusive channels.

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