Knaresborough firm to showcase 
sensor at assistive technology expo

David Ashton-Jones (centre) of Disability Action Yorkshire with GSPK Designs managing director, Paul Marsh, and marketing manager Jack Ackroyd.
David Ashton-Jones (centre) of Disability Action Yorkshire with GSPK Designs managing director, Paul Marsh, and marketing manager Jack Ackroyd.

A new product to give disabled people greater independence is being showcased at a Harrogate charity’s “expo”.

Knaresborough-based GSPK Design will be demonstrating its ground-breaking Emego at Disability Action Yorkshire’s Market Place Event, at Harrogate’s Cedar Court Hotel on Wednesday, June 7.

The exhibition will feature displays from organisations and businesses showcasing their services and products for disabled people, with a particular focus on assistive technology.

Emego, which is currently being trialled by Barnsley Hospital’s assistive technology team, is an innovative new electromyography (EMG) switch that uses very small electrical signals from limited muscle activity to wirelessly trigger electronic assistive technology equipment.

Unlike other sensors that require uncomfortable skin preparations or gel, Emego uses dry sensing technology. It is truly wireless and, because it is small and light, it can be worn over extended periods. It is suitable for applications to detect muscle signals around the jaw, eye, and limbs.

David Ashton-Jones, Disability Action Yorkshire’s operations manager, said: “One of our fundamental objectives is to help disabled people lead as independent lives as possible, and key to this is assistive technology.

“I was introduced to Emego and the GSPK Design team at a recent event in Sheffield, and was incredibly impressed by it. It is technology like this that has the potential to transform the lives of disabled people for the better.

“I’m extremely pleased that GSPK Design is exhibiting at our market place event, and I’m confident Emego will attract a lot of welcome attention from disabled visitors.”

GSPK Design managing director Paul Marsh said: “We’re really excited to be showcasing our Emego product showcasing it at Disability Action Yorkshire’s event, and we can’t wait to get it in front of our target audience.

“We are extremely proud of the work we have achieved on Emego over the last 18 months and without the support from the SBRI [Small Business Research Initiative] this wouldn’t have been possible.

“Working closely with the assistive technology team at Barnsley hospital we have seen how Emego is capable of changing lives and improving independence and we can’t wait for the product launch in September.”