Can BCIs convert Thoughts into Text?

Source: sciencedaily.com

Ever wonder what it would be like if a device could decode your thoughts into actual speech or written words? While this might enhance the capabilities of already existing speech interfaces with devices, it could be a potential game-changer for those with speech pathologies, and even more so for “locked-in” patients who lack any speech or motor function.

 

Read more here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161025114035.htm

Brain Implants and Neural Engineering

Source: qz.com

It would be the ultimate user interface: a device the size of two stacked nickels that allows your thoughts to control computers. The only catch is it’ll have to be implanted in your brain.

That’s what the Department of Defense’s cutting-edge research unit DARPA is working on, as part of President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, a concerted push to advance neuroscience.

Read more here: http://qz.com/814849/darpa-and-qualcomm-brain-implants-for-6g-and-neural-engineering/

Mind-Controlled Computers: Just a Decade away?

Source: dailymail.co.uk

The first computers cost millions of dollars and were locked inside rooms equipped with special electrical circuits and air conditioning.

The only people who could use them had been trained to write programs in that specific computer’s language.

Today, gesture-based interactions, using multitouch pads and touchscreens, and exploration of virtual 3D spaces allow us to interact with digital devices in ways very similar to how we interact with physical objects.

Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3856856/Get-ready-dump-keyboard-Experts-claim-mind-controlled-computers-just-decade-away.html

Paralyzed Man regains Sense of Touch with Brain-Controlled Robot Arm

Source: sputniknews.com

In the winter of 2004, 28-year-old Nathan Copeland suffered an accident that left him unable to feel any sensation in his arms and fingers. But a decade later, he has now been able to regain his sense of touch through a mind-controlled robotic arm that is directly connected to his brain.

Rehabilitation Possibilities for Patients with severe Disabilities with the Help of BCI Technology

Source: medgadget.com

As the power technology grows alongside the abilities of human brain, humans are inching closer to being able to control one’s environment through thoughts. Transmitting signals to someone’s brain directly enabling them to see, hear, or feel specific sensory inputs had been in the realm of science fiction until recently. However, the latest advances in technology have made this possible in real. Brain computer interface (BCI) is thus developed to help severely disabled people effectively communicate information, operate their assistive devices with external help, and manipulate objects.

 

Read more here: http://www.medgadget.com/2016/09/brain-computer-interface-market-bci-technology-expected-to-facilitate-rehabilitating-patients-with-severe-disabilities.html

Collaborative Filtering for Brain-Computer Interaction with BCI

Source: psychology.unt.edu

In the CNS lab (UNT), brain-computer interfaces (BCIs; click here for example) allow for communication between a user’s brain and a given simulation (e.g., virtual worlds; adaptive virtual environments; video games). The BCIs are being applied in rehabilitation/training, neuropsychological assessment, and social cognitive neuroscience projects. Existing research in BCI applications includes two primary areas:

 

Read more here: http://psychology.unt.edu/cns-lab-parsons/research/brain-computer-interfaces

OpenBCI Newsletter September

Source: openbci.com

We hope you’ve been enjoying the warm Summer weather! As the season comes to an end, we want to update you on the latest news concerning OpenBCI. We have been working all Summer in some cool projects we wish to share with you! In addition, we made great developments in the design of both the Ganglion and the Mark IV. Due to the many things that came our way this Summer we have to delay the release date of the Ganglion and the Mark IV until November. You can read more about this below.

  1. Mark IV and Ganglion Release date
  2. Back to School Sale
  3. General Survey Link
  4. Ganglion Update
  5. Mark IV Update
  6. GUI V2 Update
  7. Freethink OpenBCI Episode
  8. IEEE Hackathon
  9. Summer Internship Recap and Highlights
  10. Web Developer Wanted

Read more here: http://openbci.com/community/september-newsletter/

BCI Training affects Brain Patterns of Stroke Patients

Source: journal.frontiersin.org

Background: Brain–computer interface (BCI) devices are being investigated for their application in stroke rehabilitation, but little is known about how structural changes in the motor system relate to behavioral measures with the use of these systems.

Objective: This study examined relationships among diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)-derived metrics and with behavioral changes in stroke patients with and without BCI training.

Read more here: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00457/full

Dr. José del R. Millán: “Brain-Machine Interfaces: The Perception-Action Closed Loop”

Source: eecs.berkeley.edu

Future neuroprosthetics will be tightly coupled with the user in such a way that the resulting system can replace and restore impaired upper limb functions because controlled by the same neural signals than their natural counterparts. However, robust and natural interaction of subjects with sophisticated prostheses over long periods of time remains a major challenge. To tackle this challenge we can get inspiration from natural motor control, where goal-directed behavior is dynamically modulated by perceptual feedback resulting from executed actions.

Current brain-machine interfaces (BMI) partly emulate human motor control as they decode cortical correlates of movement parameters –from onset of a movement to directions to instantaneous velocity– in order to generate the sequence of movements for the neuroprosthesis.

 

Read more here: https://eecs.berkeley.edu/research/colloquium/160907

 

First human Brain-to-Brain Interface has been created

Source: extremetech.com

International researchers are reporting that they have built the first human-to-human brain-to-brain interface, allowing two humans — separated by the internet — to consciously communicate with each other, with no additional sensory cues. One researcher, attached to a brain-computer interface (BCI) in India, successfully sent words into the brain of another researcher in France, who was wearing a computer-to-brain interface (CBI).

 

Read more here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/188883-the-first-human-brain-to-brain-interface-has-been-created-in-the-future-will-we-all-be-linked-telepathically