CSUF Students develop Hard- and Software to mind-control Wheelchairs

Source: ocregister.com

With the aid of a smartphone application and hardware, Cal State Fullerton students have created a low-cost and easily manageable system by which an electric wheelchair can be controlled by brain waves and facial movements.

The project – Brain-Computer Interface Controlled Driving Aid for Electric Wheelchairs – is being led by graduate computer engineering student Nikhil Shinde and undergraduate computer engineering students Graciela Cortez and Rayton Espiritu.


Read more here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/project-702406-students-electric.html

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


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A Neurologist who tried to hack his own brain…

Source: wired.com

The brain surgery lasted 11 and a half hours, beginning on the afternoon of June 21, 2014, and stretching into the Caribbean predawn of the next day. In the afternoon, after the anesthesia had worn off, the neurosurgeon came in, removed his wire-frame glasses, and held them up for his bandaged patient to examine. “What are these called?” he asked.

Phil Kennedy stared at the glasses for a moment. Then his gaze drifted up to the ceiling and over to the television. “Uh … uh … ai … aiee,” he stammered after a while, “… aiee … aiee … aiee.”


Read more here: http://www.wired.com/2016/01/phil-kennedy-mind-control-computer/

Cyborg Soldiers and other DARPA Projects with Military Applications

Source: techtimes.com

Cyborg soldiers could be part of the U.S. military soon as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on creating an implantable chip that can connect a human brain to a computer to facilitate data delivery.

In the case of the U.S. military, this could mean faster information acquisition on enemy position and swifter relay of instructions on the field.

DARPA formed the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program to come up with a neural interface, a system that connects biological nervous systems with digital devices, creating “unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth” between the two.


Read more here: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/127291/20160124/us-military-gears-up-for-cyborg-soldiers-with-new-darpa-project.htm

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/

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Brain Wave Measurement based Hologram Interaction

Source: spie.org

In recent decades, developers of 3D content displays have investigated techniques such as stereoscopy, multi-view, integral imaging, and holography for applications in entertainment and medical imaging. One obstacle they face is that visual depth cues, such as motion parallax and disparity, can induce visual discomfort and fatigue if not all correctly provided to the observer. For instance, crosstalk and mismatch between accommodation and convergence (where the eye switches between focusing on near and far objects) are often considered the main sources of visual fatigue.


Read more here: http://spie.org/newsroom/technical-articles/6282-hologram-interaction-based-on-brain-wave-measurement?highlight=x2422&ArticleID=x116850

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

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Maths and BCI help ‘locked-in’ Patients to show Awareness

Source: newscientist.com

It seems like the ultimate insult, but getting people with brain injuries to do maths may lead to better diagnoses. A trial of the approach has found two people in an apparent vegetative state that may be conscious but “locked-in”.

People who are in a vegetative state are awake but have lost all cognitive function. Occasionally, people diagnosed as being in this state are actually minimally conscious with fleeting periods of awareness, or even locked-in. This occurs when they are totally aware but unable to move any part of their body.


Read more here: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2073522-maths-helps-locked-in-pair-show-awareness-for-first-time/

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