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

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/

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 http://interscatter.cs.washington.edu.

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.

Read more: http://futurism.com/mindscribe-gives-ability-to-commicate-back-to-those-with-locked-in-syndrome/

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


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

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

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/

Mind-Controlled Prostetic Fingers can now move individually

Source: inverse.com

Throughout human history, the hand has been irreplaceable — prostheses, as clever as they were, couldn’t match nerves, bones, and sinew. As robotics improve, actuators and metal do a decent thumb-and-index impression. On the other hand, robotic fingers on a prosthetic hand generally clench in unison, which is great if you’re trying to catch a ball, but less so if you want to hold a pen or pick up earphones.

Read more here: https://www.inverse.com/article/11639-mind-controlled-prosthetic-robot-arm-waggles-fingers-for-first-time