Assisting ALS Patients with BCI Technology

Source: sootoday.com

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) is an incurable, fatal brain disease which attacks a person’s bodily functions, such as movement, speaking, swallowing and ultimately breathing.

The cause of ALS is generally unknown.

An ALS patient’s mind, however, remains sharp throughout the ordeal, and a local man is working hard to make life a little easier for those suffering from the disease.

 

Read more here: https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/sault-professor-wants-to-help-those-with-lou-gehrigs-disease-349241

Could Hackers someday get “hack” our Brains?

Source: motherboard.vice.com

Hackers have spyware in your mind. You’re minding your business, playing a game or scrolling through social media, and all the while they’re gathering your most private information direct from your brain signals. Your likes and dislikes. Your political preferences. Your sexuality. Your PIN.

It’s a futuristic scenario, but not that futuristic.

 

Read more here: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-hackers-could-get-inside-your-head-with-brain-malware

MindScribe Gives Ability to Communicate Back to Those With Locked-in Syndrome

We are only beginning to understand the complex mechanics of brain function. Even so, we can already do so much. Communicating using brainwaves used to be a thing solely in the realm of fiction.

Now, NeuroSky, a company known for the Star Wars “Force Trainer,” has developed the MindScribe, a headset that allows people with locked-in syndrome to communicate. Locked-in syndrome is a condition that comes from damage to the brain stem, resulting in paralysis and inability to communicate. People who suffer from it are alive and conscious, but paralyzed.

Mindscribe has three different modes of communication. The first detects and displays the wearer’s current emotional state, also there are separate modes for typing and a mode that allows for yes/no responses.

Read more: http://futurism.com/mindscribe-gives-ability-to-commicate-back-to-those-with-locked-in-syndrome/

How An ASU Professor Controls Drones Using His Mind

Drones are becoming a popular technology. You can now purchase one for less than $100 and fly it around on your own. Unfortunately, you can only control one drone at a time.

But, ASU Assistant Professor of Mechanical and AeroSpace Engineering Panos Artemiadis can control multiple at the same time, and does so using his mind.

“What we have is a hybrid interface. For up and down, left and right motions we use a joystick and at the same time through the brain activity you can control the formations,” Artemiadis said.

The controller looks at a monitor and pictures how he or she wants the drones to move. Then, using electrodes, Artemiadis can decode brain activity with algorithms to move the robots.

“So, the main idea is to build a control interface between a human and multiple robots. What we are doing is extracting brain activity from the brain. We record that using non-invasive electrodes and we decode that activity to a formation or essentially collective behaviors of a swarm of drones, and we send those decisions wirelessly to the air vehicles then they fly in a specific formation that the pilot wants,” Artemiadis said.

Read more: http://kjzz.org/content/342367/how-asu-professor-controls-drones-using-his-mind

AI, Electrodes and Machine Learning to bridge Gaps in the Human Nervous System

Source: zdnet.com

Parallels have been drawn between the human brain and the computer since technology’s earliest days. One day, however, computing could be used to help brains damaged by traumatic events like a stroke to work once again.

Like a computer, the brain requires huge numbers of connections to work, allowing messages to be passed from one part of the brain to another, or from the brain to the body.

 

Read more here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/rebuilding-the-brain-using-ai-electrodes-and-machine-learning-to-bridge-gaps-in-the-human-nervous/

Mind-Reading Machine shows Images from the Mind

Source: natureworldnews.com

Scientists have built a device that can extract rough images out of a human brain. Reporting on the breakthrough, Brian Resnick of Vox went so far as to dub it a “mind-reading machine,” while admitting that “it doesn’t work all that well.”

Further reading shows that the machine is nothing so powerful as Cerebro, the telepathy device used by Professor X in the X-Men movies. That’s science fiction. In real life, what exists is a system devised by Kuhl Lab researchers that consists of an fMRI scanner hooked up to an artificial intelligence program.

 

Read more here: http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/24542/20160701/mind-reading-machine-clunkily-pulls-images-out-brain.htm

 

First Cyborg Olympics in Zurich

Source: discovermagazine.com

While working as a professor in the sensory-motor systems lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Robert Riener noticed a need for assistive devices that would better meet the challenge of helping people with daily life. He knew there were solutions, but that it would require motivating developers to rise to the challenge.

So, Riener created Cybathlon, the first cyborg Olympics where teams from all over the world will participate in races on Oct. 8 in Zurich that will test how well their devices perform routine tasks.

 

Read more here: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2016/06/22/a-sneak-peek-at-the-first-cyborg-olympics/#.V4G38jW2HFk

Neurable Technology helps controlling Software and Objects with your Brain Waves

Source: crainsdetroit.com

An old-school request for some show-and-tell — which led to a 14-year-old boy controlling a motorized Lego car with his mind — has led to a commitment of at least $285,000 from a prominent national angel investor group in Neurable Inc., a University of Michigan spinoff that has quickly become the most-talked-about startup on the local tech scene.

Read more here: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160605/NEWS/160609816/ann-arbor-startup-excites-investors-with-technology-that-uses-brain

Elon Musk talks Cyborgs and Neural Laces

Source: recode.net

In a sweeping conversation at the Code Conference, Elon Musk touched on a number of projects he’s working on — and several he might.

Here’s a new one. Asked about the advancements in tech, Musk praised the state of innovation but said he would like to see more in non-internet sectors like health care.

“Something I think is going to be quite important — I don’t know of a company that’s working on it seriously — is a neural lace,” he said.

 

Read more here: http://www.recode.net/2016/6/2/11837544/elon-musk-neural-lace