Brain-Computer Interfaces: Lab Experiments to Real-World Applications


Progress in non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG)-based brain-computer interface (BCI) research, development and innovation has accelerated in recent years. New brain signal signatures for inferring user intent and more complex control strategies have been the focus of many recent developments. Major advances in recording technology, signal processing techniques and clinical applications, tested with patient cohorts as well as non-clinical applications have been reported.


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What Mind-Controlled Drones Mean for the Future of Digital Marketing


While most drones currently come with a video-game-style controller, one scientific study has taken drone operation technology one step further. It offers a look into a fascinating new territory that will shapecreative thinking and the future of digital marketing.

Panagiotis Artemiadis, director of the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab at Arizona State University, has demonstrated that it’s possible for us to control not just one but multiple drones with our minds.

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Interscatter enables inter-technology communication for implantable devices

A team of UW CSE and EE researchers introduce Interscatter, a novel approach that enables inter-technology communication by converting Bluetooth signals into Wi-Fi transmissions over the air. The system enables power-limited devices such as brain implants, contact lenses and credit cards to communicate with everyday devices such as smartphones and smartwatches. Through Interscatter, UW researchers demonstrate the potential to transform health care and unleash the power of ubiquitous connectivity. Learn more at

Cybathlon – watch the first Cyborg Olympics


Rio might just be the most dubious, tattered Olympics yet. Billions in blood money, a global Zika pandemic waiting to happen, corruption and scandal loom over the Brazilian city. And the headlines are getting more depressing every day. Not even FIFA comes close to this mockery.

So, if you’re of the same opinion as me, then you’ll be probably boycotting this event. What ZME Science suggest is you support a far more noble competition — the first edition of the Cybathlon.


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Assisting ALS Patients with BCI Technology


Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) is an incurable, fatal brain disease which attacks a person’s bodily functions, such as movement, speaking, swallowing and ultimately breathing.

The cause of ALS is generally unknown.

An ALS patient’s mind, however, remains sharp throughout the ordeal, and a local man is working hard to make life a little easier for those suffering from the disease.


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Could Hackers someday get “hack” our Brains?


Hackers have spyware in your mind. You’re minding your business, playing a game or scrolling through social media, and all the while they’re gathering your most private information direct from your brain signals. Your likes and dislikes. Your political preferences. Your sexuality. Your PIN.

It’s a futuristic scenario, but not that futuristic.


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MindScribe Gives Ability to Communicate Back to Those With Locked-in Syndrome

We are only beginning to understand the complex mechanics of brain function. Even so, we can already do so much. Communicating using brainwaves used to be a thing solely in the realm of fiction.

Now, NeuroSky, a company known for the Star Wars “Force Trainer,” has developed the MindScribe, a headset that allows people with locked-in syndrome to communicate. Locked-in syndrome is a condition that comes from damage to the brain stem, resulting in paralysis and inability to communicate. People who suffer from it are alive and conscious, but paralyzed.

Mindscribe has three different modes of communication. The first detects and displays the wearer’s current emotional state, also there are separate modes for typing and a mode that allows for yes/no responses.

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How An ASU Professor Controls Drones Using His Mind

Drones are becoming a popular technology. You can now purchase one for less than $100 and fly it around on your own. Unfortunately, you can only control one drone at a time.

But, ASU Assistant Professor of Mechanical and AeroSpace Engineering Panos Artemiadis can control multiple at the same time, and does so using his mind.

“What we have is a hybrid interface. For up and down, left and right motions we use a joystick and at the same time through the brain activity you can control the formations,” Artemiadis said.

The controller looks at a monitor and pictures how he or she wants the drones to move. Then, using electrodes, Artemiadis can decode brain activity with algorithms to move the robots.

“So, the main idea is to build a control interface between a human and multiple robots. What we are doing is extracting brain activity from the brain. We record that using non-invasive electrodes and we decode that activity to a formation or essentially collective behaviors of a swarm of drones, and we send those decisions wirelessly to the air vehicles then they fly in a specific formation that the pilot wants,” Artemiadis said.

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AI, Electrodes and Machine Learning to bridge Gaps in the Human Nervous System


Parallels have been drawn between the human brain and the computer since technology’s earliest days. One day, however, computing could be used to help brains damaged by traumatic events like a stroke to work once again.

Like a computer, the brain requires huge numbers of connections to work, allowing messages to be passed from one part of the brain to another, or from the brain to the body.


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