How disabled Musicians can make Music with their Minds

Source: discovermagazine.com

A piece of music, composed in a fashion like no other before it, will be played later this month at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival in the United Kingdom.

The piece, entitled “Activating Memory,” is the result of a decade-long project by researchers at Plymouth University and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. Four musicians, who are unable to speak or walk, used electrical signals from their brain to select musical passages while musicians played their selections in real-time. The researchers’ brain-computer interface allowed the quartet to express their musical creativity without singing or picking up an instrument.

 

Read more here: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/02/15/disabled-musicians-make-music-with-their-minds/#.VspA–a2HFk

First “Cybathlon” to happen October 2016 in Switzerland

Source: geekwire.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Imagine a contest for the kinds of technologies that would set Tony Stark’s nuclear-powered heart all aflutter in the “Iron Man” movies: exoskeletons, brain-computer interfaces, stair-climbing wheelchairs and bionic limbs, for example.

You don’t have to imagine it anymore: Swiss organizers are getting ready for the first-ever Cybathlon on Oct. 8 in Zurich.

Read more here: http://www.geekwire.com/2016/cybathlon-turns-an-olympic-style-spotlight-on-exoskeletons-and-mind-control/

‘Bionic spinal cord’: Stroke Patients might soon walk again with a mind-controlled Exoskeleton

Source: dailymail.co.uk

More than 15 million people suffer strokes worldwide each year, with a third of victims left permanently disabled.

However, there is fresh hope for those left paralysed after researchers developed what they have called a ‘bionic spinal cord’

The bionic cord consists of a paperclip-sized implant that lets wearers control an exoskeleton with just the power of thought.

Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3437375/Bionic-spinal-cord-help-stroke-victims-walk-Brain-implant-lets-patients-control-exoskeleton-using-MIND.html

See also: Wakefield Express – Bionic implant ‘could enable the paralysed to walk again’

DARPA: Brain Modem with Neural Interface Implants

Source: ibtimes.com.au

Pentagon is working on a brain-to-digital world interface that would be implanted within the human brain. The planned technology, which would make laptops, tablets or smartphones unnecessary, is being developed for use by the US military.

The agency working on the technology, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is under the US Department of Defence. The planned brain-to-digital world interface would serve as a translator by converting the electrochemical language used by the brain’s neurons and the language of information technology that uses “1” and “0.”

 

Read more here: http://www.ibtimes.com.au/darpa-develops-brain-modem-using-neural-interface-implants-1502082

 

See also: NETWORKWORLD: Say hello to The Matrix: DARPA looks to link brains and computers

See also: Fox News – Could the US deploy ‘cyborg’ troups?

See also: Military Embedded Systems: DARPA looks to interface human brain with digital world

DARPA: BCI in US Defense – Is the Cyborg World near?

Source: crazyengineers.com

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), US R&D department of Defense, is determined to develop an implantable neural interface that would act as a bridge between minds of soldiers and the computer. DARPA plans to introduce a mind-machine interface (MMI) chip in the military that might take us a step closer to a world inhabited by cyborgs. The chip would serve as a translator, converting between electrochemical signals channelized by the neuron and Binary language. The primary idea emphasizes on capturing smart communication in a one cubic centimetre sized device.

 

Read more here: http://www.crazyengineers.com/threads/darpa-promises-brain-computer-interface-in-us-defense-cyborg-world-knocking-at-the-door.86552/

See also: PerfScience – DARPA working on brain-computer interface development project

DARPA Plans for Brain-Translating Device

Source: nbcnews.com

The federal government wants to read your mind.

The Pentagon’s research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), on Tuesday announced a new program aimed at developing an implantable neural interface that would translate signals from the brain into something computers can understand.

“Today’s best brain-computer interface systems are like two supercomputers trying to talk to each other using an old 300-baud modem,” Phillip Alvelda, manager for DARPA’s Neural Engineering System Design program, said in a statement.

 

Read more here: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/darpa-wants-develop-brain-translating-device-n499866

See also: Newsweek – U.S. Military Plans Cyborg Soldiers with new DARPA Project

Brain Monitoring for Real-Life Applications

Source: newswise.com

Bioengineers and cognitive scientists have developed the first portable, 64-channel wearable brain activity monitoring system that’s comparable to state-of-the-art equipment found in research laboratories.

The system is a better fit for real-world applications because it is equipped with dry EEG sensors that are easier to apply than wet sensors, while still providing high-density brain activity data.

 

Read more here: http://www.newswise.com/articles/brain-monitoring-takes-a-leap-out-of-the-lab

See also: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2016/01/first-portable-wearble-eeg-system-developed

Lab-Quality portable 64-Channel BCI Headset

Source: kurzweilai.net

The first dry-electrode, portable 64-channel wearable brain-computer interface (BCI) has been developed by bioengineers and cognitive scientists associated with UCSD Jacobs School.

The system is comparable to state-of-the-art equipment found in research laboratories, but with portability, allowing for tracking brain states throughout the day and augmenting the brain’s capabilities, the researchers say. Current BCI devices require gel-based electrodes or fewer than 64 channels.

Read more here: http://www.kurzweilai.net/ucsd-spinoffs-create-lab-quality-portable-64-channel-eeg-headset

Wearable Motor-Imagery-Based Brain-Computer Interface

Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

A motor-imagery-based brain-computer interface (BCI) is a translator that converts the motor intention of the brain into a control command to control external machines without muscles. Numerous motor-imagery-based BCIs have been successfully proposed in previous studies. However, several electroencephalogram (EEG) channels are typically required for providing sufficient information to maintain a specific accuracy and bit rate, and the bulk volume of these EEG machines is also inconvenient.

 

Read more here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26748791

New “Brain Hacking” Technology

Source: financialprospect.com

The following frontier for that technology field may be the mind. A brand new variety of neuro-hacker is discovering methods change and to seize brainwaves to enhance wellness, with a potential to assist the seriously disabled.

Numerous the improvements were on display in the Electronic Devices Present in Vegas, where biomedical specialists and computer researchers displayed methods to make use of and use brain impulses.

Read more here: http://www.financialprospect.com/technology/new-technology-in-brain-hacking-18580.html