Developments on thought-operated Computers

Source: smh.com.au

It’s an enticing thought. Imagine using a computer interface to read someone else’s mind, or donning a cool-looking headset and wirelessly controlling anything that’s digitally connected just by thinking about it.

Researchers working at the frontiers of brain science believe this will be possible in the forseeable future. Some interviewed for this story see it as inevitable, but let’s start by looking at the range of brain-reading gadgets already available online.

Read more here: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/gear/mind-control-eeg-research-closes-in-on-thoughtoperated-computers-20151013-gk7r9t.html

Demonstration of BCI technology at NMU

Source: uppermichiganssource.com

Imagine being able to spell words and move things with your brain. It sounds impossible, but thanks to developing technology it might not be so far away.

It looks like a strange hat, but its actually a communication device for your brain. It’s called a brain-computer interface, or BCI, and it interprets your brain signals as a computer would interpret a keyboard’s actions, meaning you don’t have to move a muscle to communicate.

“This produces signals that you can detect with an electrode cap outside the head or different kinds of sensors and therefore people can communicate without moving,” said Brendan Allison of Guger Technologies. ”

 

Read more here: http://uppermichiganssource.com/news/local/brain-computer-interface-technology-demonstrated-at-nmu

Recent Development of faster non-invasive BCI

Source: medicalxpress.com

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), a longtime staple of science fiction, have slowly been realized over the last 20 years. Researchers have developed neuroprosthetics that, with development, hold promise to compensate for sensory-motor and communication disabilities. Additionally, BCIs suggest new paradigms for computing beyond the physical interface technologies used today.

One of the barriers to realizing practical BCIs is low communication rates. Currently, the most popular method of establishing a BCI is via electroencephalogram (EEG) technology, due to its noninvasiveness and low cost.

Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-10-fast-noninvasive-brain-computer-interface.html

Prosthetic Limbs with an artificial Sense of Touch become a Future Possibility

Source: kurzweilai.net

Neuroscientists in a project headed by the University of Chicago have determined some of the specific characteristics of electrical stimuli that should be applied to the brain to produce different sensations in an artificial upper limb intended to restore natural motor control and sensation in amputees.

The research is part of Revolutionizing Prosthetics, a multi-year Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

 

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Paralyzed Man control his Arm with his Thoughts

Source: technologyreview.com

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio say they’ve used electronics to get around a paralyzed man’s spinal injury, permitting him to use an implant in his brain to move his arm and hand.

The test represents the first time that signals collected in the brain have been conveyed directly to electrodes placed inside someone’s arm to restore movement, says Robert Kirsch, a biomedical engineer at Case Western. He also directs the Cleveland FES Center, which develops technologies for people with paralysis.

 

Read more here: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/542581/paralyzed-mans-arm-wired-to-receive-brain-signals/

Emotiv CEO kicks off Computer Science Golden Jubilee at Missouri S&T

Source: news.mst.edu

To kick off its 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s computer science department is bringing in entrepreneur, CEO and computer science technology pace-setter Tan Le as the keynote speaker.

The Golden Jubilee marks the 50th anniversary of Missouri S&T’s computer science degree program. As the first school in Missouri to offer degrees in computer science, the Golden Jubilee is a time for the school to reflect on and celebrate the past 50 years while looking to the future.

 

Read more here: http://news.mst.edu/2015/10/tan-le-kicks-off-computer-science-golden-jubilee/

BCI allows paralyzed People to control a Computer with their Mind

Source: techtimes.com

Computers are a pretty important part of our lives, however, unfortunately, not everyone can use them.

Researchers have taken another step toward bringing computers to everyone and are working on a brain computer interface that allows paralyzed people to use their brains to type at around six words per minute.

Six words per minute certainly isn’t quick typing, but it is pretty impressive that users only need their brains in order to type.

 

Read more here: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/89742/20150929/neural-implants-allow-paralyzed-people-control-computer-mind.htm

Latest Success with thought-controlled Computer Cursor

Source: yahoo.com

Scientists working to perfect a thought-controlled computer cursor said Monday they have achieved their best results yet, and are moving closer to creating a version that paralysis victims can use.

The device works twice as fast as in previous trials after American developers found better ways to read brain activity and fine-tuned its hardware and software, according to results published in the journal Nature Medicine.

Improving the speed and accuracy of mind-controlled prostheses is crucial to taking them from mere lab experiments to helping quadriplegics regain some level of independence.

 

Read more here: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/thought-controlled-computer-cursor-takes-leap-forward-172159100.html#x9M2IG

Brain to Brain Interface allows Communication via “Mind Reading”

Source: stateschronicle.com

A team of field experts from the University of Washington have put together a brain to brain computer interface that allows two people to communicate using the power of their minds. Does the development bring us a step closer to telepathy? Maybe.

Andrea Stocco and Chantel Prat are the research duo who invented the computer interface that enables people who are in different rooms to share thought with one another without using their words.

 

Read more here: http://stateschronicle.com/read-my-mind-with-this-brain-to-brain-interface-14414.html

See also: http://www.apextribune.com/computer-interface-brings-telepathy-closer-to-reality/210775/

Paraplegic man walks with the Help of BCI – without Exoskeleton

Source: kurzweilai.net

A novel brain-computer-interface (BCI) technology created by University of California, Irvine researchers has allowed a paraplegic man to walk for a short distance, unaided by an exoskeleton or other types of robotic support.

The male participant, whose legs had been paralyzed for five years, walked along a 12-foot course using an electroencephalogram (EEG) brain-computer-interface system that lets the brain bypass the spinal cord to send messages to the legs.

 

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See alsoJournal of NeuroEngineering & Rehabilitation

“The feasibility of a brain-computer interface functional electrical stimulation system
for the restoration of overground walking after paraplegia”

 

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