That’s what we have been working on – making the brain activity useful for performing tasks. We want nous to become the person’s voice.
-- Dmitry Selitskiy,
ATEED facilitated a Callaghan Innovation R&D Getting Started Grant, then a Project Grant and finally a second round of Project Grant funding for Thought-Wired to take the final steps of launching its product.
Thought-Wired connected with Callaghan's Wearables tech group to further develop its prototype. ATEED also arranged a NZTE capability voucher for Thought-Wired to attend a training course for accessing PledgeMe, New Zealand’s crowdfunding platform.
The course paid off. Thought-Wired raised $285,000 and the investors now own 10.5 per cent of the business.
Thought-Wired, based at Hobsonville Point School, made good use of the services provided by GridAKL. "We had our funding campaign launch at the Grid, and it has been ideal for connecting with people in the start-up and technology ecosystem," says Dmitry.
Thought-Wired will first target the New Zealand market for its new product and it has set a goal of signing up 500 users within the first year of launching nous. "We have formed relationships with organisations such as Cerebral Palsy Society and The TalkLink Trust who work with individuals and special education schools," Dmitry says.
"We will start off in New Zealand, but we quickly want to move into key international markets of Australia and Canada which have well established support systems for people with disability.
"At Thought-Wired we aim to make the world accessible to these people - starting with communication," he says.