What if every person with ALS was given a device that could help them communicate from initial diagnosis through progression of the condition?

Our Mission

The most well-known communication technology for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, is eye gaze. The reality is that less than 10% of people with ALS use it. Our goal is to help every person with neuromuscular conditions have access to affordable, effective, and efficient communication. We seek to create wearable sensors that enable people to effortlessly control mobile phones, tablets and wheelchairs.

Team

Photo from left: David Cipoletta, Wenxin Feng, Bobby Forster, Casey Forster, Dexter Ang
Dexter Ang
"Lead Coder"
Dexter Ang is a Sloan student and a 2005 mechanical engineering graduate of MIT. He was the primary caregiver for his mother who had ALS and is a New England ALS Clinical Trials Ambassador. Dexter previously worked as a senior trader at Jump Trading, a premier high frequency trading firm in Chicago.
David Cipoletta
"Lead Coder"
David Cipoletta is a triple major from the University of Rhode Island and his graduate work is in robotics and embedded systems. His areas of expertise include hardware-to-software interface programming, circuit board schematic design,mobile application development, and network application design.
Wenxin Feng
"Lead Coder"
Wenxin Feng is a doctoral student in the Image and Video Computing group at Boston University. Her research is in human-computer interaction with a focus on interface design and accessibility. She is passionate about helping people with motor impairments have more choices to interact with the world.
Bobby Forster
"Lead Coder"
Bobby Forster was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 at the age of 25. Since then his focus has been working to improve the quality of life for everyone living with ALS. He is a fierce advocate in Capitol Hill for patient rights and access to services and is driven to create technology to drastically improve the lives of everyone afflicted by this condition.
Photo from left: David Cipoletta, Wenxin Feng, Bobby Forster, Casey Forster, Dexter Ang

— Advisors —

Prof. John Leonard

Head of Underwater Robotics, MIT

Tyler Clites

EMG and Prosthetics Researcher, MIT Media Lab

Brian Rosnov

Head of Digital Accelerator, North America, Royal Philips

Dr. William Gormley

Director of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Stella Miji Byunn

Pediatric Physical Therapist, Seattle Children’s Hospital

— Research Partners —

get involved

Pison Technology has a working prototype for wireless communication for those who have lost the ability to move their arms and legs. It will be customizable and can supplement existing communication technology like eye gaze and manual switches. We need your help to raise $300,000 by Fall of 2016 for research and engineering. We look forward to partnering with you.

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