Hacking the Brain – a new Tech Trend

Source: dailymail.co.uk

The next frontier for the tech sector is the human brain.

A new breed of neuro-hacker is finding ways to capture and manipulate brainwaves to improve health, with potential to help the severely handicapped.

A number of the innovations were on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where computer scientists and biomedical experts showcased ways to tap into and use brain signals.

 

Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3391132/New-wave-tech-hacking-brain.html

“Darwin”: China develops neuromorphic Chip based on Spiking Neural Networks

Source: eurekalert.org

Artificial Neural Network (ANN) is a type of information processing system based on mimicking the principles of biological brains, and has been broadly applied in application domains such as pattern recognition, automatic control, signal processing, decision support system and artificial intelligence. Spiking Neural Network (SNN) is a type of biologically-inspired ANN that perform information processing based on discrete-time spikes. It is more biologically realistic than classic ANNs, and can potentially achieve much better performance-power ratio.

Read more here: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/scp-csd122215.php

North America is leading Global Market for BCI

Source: medgadget.com

A brain computer interface enables medical professionals and neurologists to record, manage, monitor, and translate the brain waves of patients into recordable data interpretations. Brain waves were discovered in the early 20th century by Dr. Hans Berger, which opened up the field of neuroscience completely. With technological advancements in computers, the ability to record and interpret brain waves and other brain activity has increased.

 

Read more here: http://www.medgadget.com/2015/12/global-brain-computer-interface-market-north-america-leading-global-market.html

Created by Chinese Researchers: A Car that can be controlled with the Mind

Source: techinsider.io

Chinese researchers have created a car that can be driven using mind-control technology.

Similar to how other brain computer interface (BCI) systems work, the driver is required to wear special headgear that captures brain signals to direct the car.

According to a Reuters report, the researchers at Nankai University used 16 electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors to capture signals from the driver’s brain.

Read more here: http://www.techinsider.io/chinese-researchers-create-mind-control-car-2015-12

and http://leaderstandard.com/chinese-researchers-unveil-brain-powered-car/

Robot Arm – controlled with the Brain and 3D-printed Headset

Source: businessinsider.com

Jedi masters aren’t the only ones who can move things with their minds.

For about $450, you can buy a 3D-printed headset that records your brainwaves and converts them into signals that can control everything from a robot arm to a remote-controlled helicopter.

And you don’t need to have brain surgery to operate it!

Read more here: http://www.businessinsider.com/openbci-headset-flies-helicopter-with-your-brain-2015-12

Telepresence Robot for the Disabled directed with Brain Signals

Source: technologyreview.com

People with severe motor disabilities are testing a new way to interact with the world—using a robot controlled by brain signals.

An experimental telepresence robot created by Italian and Swiss researchers uses its own smarts to make things easier for the person using it, a system dubbed shared control. The user tells the robot where to go via a brainwave-detecting headset, and the robot takes care of details like avoiding obstacles and determining the best route forward.

 

Read more here: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/543936/telepresence-robot-for-the-disabled-takes-directions-from-brain-signals/

Telepresence Robot for the Disabled is directed with Signals from the Brain

Source: technologyreview.com

People with severe motor disabilities are testing a new way to interact with the world—using a robot controlled by brain signals.

An experimental telepresence robot created by Italian and Swiss researchers uses its own smarts to make things easier for the person using it, a system dubbed shared control. The user tells the robot where to go via a brainwave-detecting headset, and the robot takes care of details like avoiding obstacles and determining the best route forward.

 

Read more here: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/543936/telepresence-robot-for-the-disabled-takes-directions-from-brain-signals/

Self-calibration BrainGate BCI enhances Ease and Reliability

Source: medicalxpress.com

A new study in Science Translational Medicine describes three software innovations that substantially improved the user experience and performance of the BrainGate brain computer interface (BCI). Researchers said the gains are a significant advance in their ongoing work to develop and test a practical BCI assistive technology that people with paralysis could use easily, reliably, independently, and on demand to regain control over external devices.

Intracortical BCIs such as BrainGate use a tiny array of implanted electrodes to pick up the electrical activity of neurons in the motor cortex of the brain.

 

Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-11-self-calibration-braingate-brain-interface-ease.html

IoT Devices can now be controlled with Brain-Computer Interface

Source: wtvox.com

Researchers at Brown University joined forces with a Utah-based company, Blackrock Microsystems, to create a brain-computer interface that lets you send commands to the Internet of Things around you.

The company is awaiting clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Once approved, the device begins testing on volunteers, and it will go on sale as one of the first digital health commercial devices that you’ll be able to buy from a digital health store.

Read more here: https://wtvox.com/cyborgs-and-implantables/brain-computer-interface-implantable/

BCI Speller allows paralyzed Patients to communicate at 60 Characters per Minute

Source: kurzweilai.net

Brain–computer interface (BCI) spellers allow a paralyzed patient to spell out words by looking at letters on a screen. Paralyzed patients can communicate by gazing at different letters to spell out a word.

Currently, the most advanced systems for doing this use “steady state visually evoked potential” (SSVEP). This method tags different characters on a screen by flashing each character at a different frequency (from 3.5 Hz to 75 Hz in one system).

 

Read more here: http://www.kurzweilai.net/fastest-brain-computer-interface-speller-developed?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=aee0363b17-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6de721fb33-aee0363b17-282045470