Our Biggest Developments Since The Inception
New Cognitive Tasks!
Visual Tasks At first, we only started with the auditory cognitive task, and until 2020, we held all of our idea and software validation courses only with PASAT cognitive task.
Then, in line with the development of our software and increasing the accuracy of the results, we decided to design a visual version of our cognitive task. in the first step, we tested our visual task with a limited subject in a test environment, and then according to the obtained results, we also designed the second visual task. Since then, we have held several validation phases with new subjects who performed all three tasks during the test.
Currently, our software is provided with three cognitive tasks (one auditory task and two visual tasks). To do our test, completing the listening task is mandatory, and completing two visual tasks is optional but recommended. This made it possible to perform the test for patients who have hearing or vision problems.
Making our UI more interesting!
We designed a simple, human-centered, user-friendly, and very easy-to-use interface. We evaluated the MVP version of our product with a statistical population of 20 people and then we designed and developed our UI based on the results of usability tests to increase usability, accessibility, and aesthetic aspects.
MATLAB to Python
Our product was MATLAB-based Software at the first step. The old version was modular, and as the first step, we modified and unified all modules. The second version was also MATLAB-based but it was a 2-part code. 1st step: Data Pre-Processing, and 2nd step: Data Processing. Despite the relative simplicity of programming in MATLAB, however, the performance of parallel architecture implementation and simultaneous data processing is lower. Therefore, besides data processing, Python is widely accepted as the better alternative to MATLAB for programming needs. according to this explanation, we started to develop our code in Python and the result was very satisfactory. But when you are the provider of application software, updating and optimizing it to increase the processing speed and reduce the use of resources is a constant and continual goal.
Our Future Plans
- Designing tasks with varying cognitive loads
It is also possible to design cognitive load-dependent tasks in such a way that it makes more intra-group comparisons for further categorizing patients suffering from cognitive dysfunction at different levels and analyzing the effect of various treatments for cognitive impairment on patients.
- Examining deep learning approaches to further improve our software
Since the use of deep learning algorithms for the automated detection of cognitive impairments in the early stages of MS is very limited, we plan to examine deep learning approaches, a tool recently used in medical image analysis for machine learning, which could lead to further improvements in our software.
New Product, Our Side APP!
One of our notable actions in the last year has been the design of a side mobile app. You can read the detailed and comprehensive description of this product here, But briefly:
- Log into the application through their phone number/ email address
- Have access to personal profiles and the results of any NBNZ tests they have undergone
- Introducing NBNZ to patients
- Contains a list of the health centers offering NBNZ tests
- Provides information about test sessions, test procedures, and the tasks which will be performed during the tests
which focus on the main cognitive dysfunctions
Our Future Plans
For our future release plans, we aim to add the following features to our side app in order to provide more assistance for our users and their family members:
- More Games, Better Games
The main feature of the application will be the helpful games it offers to patients who suffer from cognitive impairment or have a high chance of developing cognitive dysfunction in the near future. All games will focus on the main cognitive dysfunctions in areas and will be developed with the help of rehabilitation specialists and psychologists active in the field of game therapy and art therapy due to their therapeutic nature
- A community of patients and their families
where they can empathize about their diseases, discuss the working solutions and read more about the latest advancements in disease treatment methods and therapies
- A network of professional neurologists and psychologists
as our partners will provide consultancy services to our users both online and offline. These consultancy sessions can be booked through our app by which, the patient’s health log by the app can be reviewed by the specialists
- In case of emergency
the possibility of sending quick messages to trusted family members who have been added to the app with a pre-built message about the situation just by repeating a pre-defined word with the patient’s voice