Mind-Reading Machine shows Images from the Mind

Source: natureworldnews.com

Scientists have built a device that can extract rough images out of a human brain. Reporting on the breakthrough, Brian Resnick of Vox went so far as to dub it a “mind-reading machine,” while admitting that “it doesn’t work all that well.”

Further reading shows that the machine is nothing so powerful as Cerebro, the telepathy device used by Professor X in the X-Men movies. That’s science fiction. In real life, what exists is a system devised by Kuhl Lab researchers that consists of an fMRI scanner hooked up to an artificial intelligence program.


Read more here: http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/24542/20160701/mind-reading-machine-clunkily-pulls-images-out-brain.htm


First Cyborg Olympics in Zurich

Source: discovermagazine.com

While working as a professor in the sensory-motor systems lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Robert Riener noticed a need for assistive devices that would better meet the challenge of helping people with daily life. He knew there were solutions, but that it would require motivating developers to rise to the challenge.

So, Riener created Cybathlon, the first cyborg Olympics where teams from all over the world will participate in races on Oct. 8 in Zurich that will test how well their devices perform routine tasks.


Read more here: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2016/06/22/a-sneak-peek-at-the-first-cyborg-olympics/#.V4G38jW2HFk

Neurable Technology helps controlling Software and Objects with your Brain Waves

Source: crainsdetroit.com

An old-school request for some show-and-tell — which led to a 14-year-old boy controlling a motorized Lego car with his mind — has led to a commitment of at least $285,000 from a prominent national angel investor group in Neurable Inc., a University of Michigan spinoff that has quickly become the most-talked-about startup on the local tech scene.

Read more here: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160605/NEWS/160609816/ann-arbor-startup-excites-investors-with-technology-that-uses-brain

Elon Musk talks Cyborgs and Neural Laces

Source: recode.net

In a sweeping conversation at the Code Conference, Elon Musk touched on a number of projects he’s working on — and several he might.

Here’s a new one. Asked about the advancements in tech, Musk praised the state of innovation but said he would like to see more in non-internet sectors like health care.

“Something I think is going to be quite important — I don’t know of a company that’s working on it seriously — is a neural lace,” he said.


Read more here: http://www.recode.net/2016/6/2/11837544/elon-musk-neural-lace

DARPA’s Thought-controlled Weapons soon a Reality?

Source: chinatopix.com

Partially funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia have developed a breakthrough device that will ease the path toward the long sought after cybernetics goal of easily implanting a brain machine interface (BMI) in the human brain.

The military applications of this technology will see “mind prosthetic” devices more easily implanted into the brain using the Australian device called a “stentrode.” This device will make it safer to implant microchips in the brain. Development of this minimally invasive implant is a key step in the widespread use of thought-controlled prosthetics.


Read more here: http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/89150/20160529/aussie-tech-breakthrough-makes-darpa-s-thought-controlled-weapons-practical.htm

“Neural Bypass” allows Quadriplegic to use his Hands again

Source: reuters.com

An Ohio man paralyzed in an accident while diving in waves can now pick up a bottle or play the video game Guitar Hero thanks to a small computer chip in his brain that lets his mind guide his hands and fingers, bypassing his damaged spinal cord.

Scientists on Wednesday described accomplishments achieved by 24-year-old quadriplegic Ian Burkhart using an implanted chip that relays signals from his brain through 130 electrodes on his forearm to produce muscle movement in his hands and fingers.


Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-paralysis-idUSKCN0XA21M

Wearable VR-Headsets assisting Persons with Disabilities

Source: electronics360.globalspec.com

For years, with the help of computing technology, many scientific and engineering groups have been working diligently to create a more comfortable lifestyle for people with disabilities.

Patients with mobility impairments now have technology that allows them to operate a keyboard without using their hands, the visually impaired community has access to speech output systems that allow for more computer functionality, and even those with learning disabilities can use educational software that provides multi-sensory experiences. All of this technology aims to make life a little bit easier for those who have difficulty with simple tasks.


Read more here: http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/6538/assisting-the-disabled-population-using-wearable-vr-headsets

“Brain Computer”?

Source: dailyuw.com

There is a chance that you’re reading this article on the Internet, through a phone or computer. Even if you’re reading a physical copy of this paper, it’s likely that as a Seattleite, you have an entry point to the Internet close to you right now. Even when there is no Wi-Fi, you can usually access the Internet through your phone network these days. Which means that for most of us living in big cities, a big chunk of human knowledge is directly accessible.

Read more here: http://www.dailyuw.com/opinion/article_57b80f94-005f-11e6-8b08-fb135f0bb1f5.html

The Sleep Parametric EEG Automated Recognition System – revolutionizing EEGs

Source: newsweek.com

Every time you blink, think or move, your brain generates electricity as individual neurons in the skull transmit information needed to make it happen. If we could detect the electrical signals produced by individual neurons, we could, in theory, read a person’s mind.

Amazing. And exceedingly difficult.


Read more here: http://www.newsweek.com/2016/04/15/human-brain-eeg-technology-neuroscience-443368.html

First “Cybathlon” in Switzerland

Source: macedoniaonline.eu

Something nicknamed “the cyborg olympics” may sound right at home in a science-fiction yarn, but this is real, and it has everything to do with advancing research to help those with physical disabilities.

This fall, on the heels of the Olympics and Paralympic Games, Switzerland will host the world’s first Cybathlon. The event will feature individuals with physical disabilities competing in six different disciplines, while also offering a venue for researchers and developers to showcase the latest in assistive bionics. About 80 teams are expected to compete, with major television networks like the BBC and Japan NHK covering it.

Read more here: http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/29189/56/