NBC Series “Mysteries of the Brain”

Source: latinpost.com

“Mysteries of the Brain,” a new eight-part video series, debuted on NBC Learn in early June, and it continues to highlight new leading research in brain science.

The National Science Foundation partnered with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBCUniversal News Group, to conduct research as part of the White House brain initiative.


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BCI-controlled telepresence robots could restore mobility for disabled persons

Source: cnet.com

It may not be able to do grocery shopping or hang out laundry to dry, but a project involving current telepresence technology could help people with limited mobility get around in the form of a robotic avatar.

A team of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface in Lausanne, Switzerland, is working on a brain-computer interface that could see disabled people using their thoughts to control telepresence robots from the comfort of their homes.


Read more here: http://www.cnet.com/news/mind-controlled-telepresence-robots-could-restore-mobility-to-the-disabled/

Global BCI Market set to grow exponentially

Source: whatech.com

Brain computer interface is also referred to as direct neural interface, synthetic telepathy interface, brain machine interface or mind machine interface.

Brain computer interface (BCI) is a system that facilitates a direct communication channel between the brain and the peripheral devices, which are used to calibrate the movement in physically challenged individuals. A BCI system records the brain signals from the surface of the cortex, from devices implanted within the brain or from the sensors placed over the scalp.


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Scientists have invented “Neural Lace”

Source: Gizmodo.com.au

In the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks, futuristic post-humans install devices on their brains called a “neural lace”. A mesh that grows with your brain, it’s essentially a wireless brain-computer interface. But it’s also a way to program your neurons to release certain chemicals with a thought. And now, there’s a neural lace prototype in real life.


Read more here: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/06/scientists-just-invented-the-neural-lace/

“Brain-to-Text” – Conversion of Speech Brainwaves into Text

Source: kurzweilai.net

German and U.S. researchers have decoded natural continuously spoken speech from brain waves and transformed it into text — a step toward communication with computers or humans by thought alone.

Their “Brain-to-Text” system recorded signals from an electrocorticographic (ECoG)* electrode array located on relevant surfaces of the frontal and temporal lobes of the cerebral cortex of seven epileptic patients, who participated voluntarily in the study during their clinical treatment.


Read more here: http://www.kurzweilai.net/brain-to-text-system-converts-speech-brainwave-patterns-to-text

Controlling Machines by Thought

Source: techworm.net

Ditch your remote, brain controlled TV soon a possibility with brain computer interface developed by Russian researchers

Imagine a day in future when you can ask your TV to change a channel just by thinking about it or to tell your Air-conditioner to switch because it’s too cool just by thinking about it. Russian researchers are close to making this all a reality.


Read more here: http://www.techworm.net/2015/06/russian-developers-create-brain-computer-interface-that-controls-machines-by-thought.html

Reversal of Paralysis through BCI

Source: Reuters

St. Louis, Missouri – After three strokes that left the right side of his body paralyzed, Rick Arnold told his wife Kim that he had just one wish.

“All I really wanted to do was to be able to hold her hand. In the very beginning, it was to hold her hand,” said Arnold, a paramedic firefighter from Missouri who suffered the first of three paralyzing strokes in 2009.

These days Arnold can hold his wife’s hand again thanks in part to a new device that could potentially change the rules on how well stroke victims recover. Arnold is using brain-machine interface technology developed by Eric Leuthardt, a neurosurgeon at Washington University in St. Louis.



Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/09/us-usa-stroke-recovery-device-idUSKBN0OP2FJ20150609

New Study in “Nature Nanotechnology” about Brain Implants for Mice

Source: National Geographic

No need to wait for the cyborg future—it’s already here. Adding to a growing list of electronics that can be implanted in the body, scientists are working to perfect the ultimate merger of mind and machine: devices fused directly to the brain.

A new type of flexible electronics can be injected through a syringe to unfurl and implant directly into the brains of mice, shows a study published Monday in Nature Nanotechnology. Researchers injected a fine electronic mesh and were able to monitor brain activity in the mice.


Read more here: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/08/injecting-electronics-into-brain-not-as-freaky-as-it-sounds/

Possible Help for Stroke Victims through “Cyborg” Technologie

Source: theepochtimes.com

In 2015, cyborgs — humans with machine enhancements—are a recognizable reality.

Scientists at John Hopkins have already fashioned robotic arms that can perform basic motions such as taking a sip of water — motions controlled by human nerves, not following a programmed sequence — and robotic legs are already in the works.


Read more here: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1387327-cyborg-rats-show-promise-for-stroke-victims/