Peter Ford – Biomedical Engineer and Inventor
Award winning innovator, enabler & former broadcaster
Peter is the founder and chairman of Control Bionics, and the inventor of NeuroSwitch – Beta-tested with Prof. Stephen Hawking – that has revolutionized the lives of people with profound disabilities since 2004.
He was a founding programmer-analyst in one of the first Rehabilitation R&D Laboratories in the USA in 1981, for the US Veterans Administration, spending three years developing and coding alternative computer interface systems for people unable to use a keyboard or mouse.
The first Australian News Anchor at CNN and CNN2 in Atlanta, following a career in news media in Australia, Peter anchored television news for NBC stations in Miami and Washington DC, covering the White House, the Pentagon, and the US Space Shuttle Program; and as a network correspondent on assignment in Moscow, the Vatican, the Gulf War, the Sydney Olympics; and immediately after 9/11, the Northwest Frontier, Pakistan, and with an NBC News team embedded with mujahideen fighters, covering the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
He founded Control Bionics PL in Australia in 2005, and Control Bionics Inc. in the USA a year later, specializing in wirelessly controlling computers, smartphones, home systems, and remote robotics, with myoelectrics (EMG): the very small electrical signals our brain generates inside our muscles.
Control Bionics today manufactures NeuroNode, the world’s first clinical-grade, watch-sized, wearable, wireless system enabling people to control smartphones and tablets through a myoelectric patch on their skin.
It has dramatically improved lives of patients and their families and carers in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe. The US Veterans Administration and the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs provide it for severely disabled veterans, and NDIS funds it.
Simon & Schuster, New York, published his first novel “The Keeper of Dreams” a thriller set in the tribal lands of Central Australia; now on Kindle as “Dreaming Country”.
He was the subject of ABC’s “Australian Story” on the development of NeuroSwitch.
A former NSW Senior Australian of the Year, and Life Member of Mensa, he is a winner of the Australian National Disability Award for Excellence in Accessible Technology.
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