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


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/

Open-source Hardware as Support for controlling Items with your Mind

Source: nextgov.com

Jedi-style mind control may soon be in your grasp. BCI, or brain computer interface, technology reads the electrical signals in your brain and muscles and uses that to control and manipulate connected items in the real world. The technology is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in artificial limbs.

Anyone with an interest in this futuristic tech can explore it. Open BCI, a collective of engineers and artists, has created affordable open source hardware that allows everyone to experiment with creating an interface between their brain and a computer.

Read more here: http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2015/11/video-want-control-things-your-mind-just-get-some-open-source-hardware/123817/

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/

Paralyzed Patient googles with the Help of a BCI and a basic Tablet Computer

Source: singularityhub.com

For patient T6, 2014 was a happy year.

That was the year she learned to control a Nexus tablet with her brain waves, and literally took her life quality from 1980s DOS to modern era Android OS.

A brunette lady in her early 50s, patient T6 suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), which causes progressive motor neuron damage.

Read more here: http://singularityhub.com/2015/10/25/scientists-connect-brain-to-a-basic-tablet-paralyzed-patient-googles-with-ease/

 

 

Connecting the Brain with Machines and BCI

Source: nypost.com

Cathy Hutchinson (featured image) was a 53-year-old mother of two who, in 1996, suffered a brain-stem stroke, leaving her a quadriplegic.

Ten years later, she became a research subject of a company called Cyberkinetics. The company implanted a device on her brain called the Utah array, “a pill-sized implant whose 96 microelectrodes bristle from its base like a bed of nails.”

 

Read more here: http://nypost.com/2015/10/11/how-scientists-are-upgrading-the-brain-with-machines/

A Game of ’20 questions’ via Brain-to-Brain Communication

Source: medicalnewstoday.com

In a groundbreaking experiment, a team from the University of Washington has linked two human brains for a question and answer session – a game that they call “20 Questions with the Mind.” The report has been published in PLOS ONE.

The team created a direct brain-to-brain interface (BBI) connection to enable pairs of participants to play the question-and-answer game by transmitting signals from one brain to the other over the Internet.

 

Read more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/300031.php

See also: Video showing the game in action