DARPA’s Thought-controlled Weapons soon a Reality?

Source: chinatopix.com

Partially funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia have developed a breakthrough device that will ease the path toward the long sought after cybernetics goal of easily implanting a brain machine interface (BMI) in the human brain.

The military applications of this technology will see “mind prosthetic” devices more easily implanted into the brain using the Australian device called a “stentrode.” This device will make it safer to implant microchips in the brain. Development of this minimally invasive implant is a key step in the widespread use of thought-controlled prosthetics.


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“Neural Bypass” allows Quadriplegic to use his Hands again

Source: reuters.com

An Ohio man paralyzed in an accident while diving in waves can now pick up a bottle or play the video game Guitar Hero thanks to a small computer chip in his brain that lets his mind guide his hands and fingers, bypassing his damaged spinal cord.

Scientists on Wednesday described accomplishments achieved by 24-year-old quadriplegic Ian Burkhart using an implanted chip that relays signals from his brain through 130 electrodes on his forearm to produce muscle movement in his hands and fingers.


Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-paralysis-idUSKCN0XA21M

Wearable VR-Headsets assisting Persons with Disabilities

Source: electronics360.globalspec.com

For years, with the help of computing technology, many scientific and engineering groups have been working diligently to create a more comfortable lifestyle for people with disabilities.

Patients with mobility impairments now have technology that allows them to operate a keyboard without using their hands, the visually impaired community has access to speech output systems that allow for more computer functionality, and even those with learning disabilities can use educational software that provides multi-sensory experiences. All of this technology aims to make life a little bit easier for those who have difficulty with simple tasks.


Read more here: http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/6538/assisting-the-disabled-population-using-wearable-vr-headsets

“Brain Computer”?

Source: dailyuw.com

There is a chance that you’re reading this article on the Internet, through a phone or computer. Even if you’re reading a physical copy of this paper, it’s likely that as a Seattleite, you have an entry point to the Internet close to you right now. Even when there is no Wi-Fi, you can usually access the Internet through your phone network these days. Which means that for most of us living in big cities, a big chunk of human knowledge is directly accessible.

Read more here: http://www.dailyuw.com/opinion/article_57b80f94-005f-11e6-8b08-fb135f0bb1f5.html

The Sleep Parametric EEG Automated Recognition System – revolutionizing EEGs

Source: newsweek.com

Every time you blink, think or move, your brain generates electricity as individual neurons in the skull transmit information needed to make it happen. If we could detect the electrical signals produced by individual neurons, we could, in theory, read a person’s mind.

Amazing. And exceedingly difficult.


Read more here: http://www.newsweek.com/2016/04/15/human-brain-eeg-technology-neuroscience-443368.html

First “Cybathlon” in Switzerland

Source: macedoniaonline.eu

Something nicknamed “the cyborg olympics” may sound right at home in a science-fiction yarn, but this is real, and it has everything to do with advancing research to help those with physical disabilities.

This fall, on the heels of the Olympics and Paralympic Games, Switzerland will host the world’s first Cybathlon. The event will feature individuals with physical disabilities competing in six different disciplines, while also offering a venue for researchers and developers to showcase the latest in assistive bionics. About 80 teams are expected to compete, with major television networks like the BBC and Japan NHK covering it.

Read more here: http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/29189/56/

Research regarding Music Learning with the Help of BCI

Source: tuftsdaily.com

Computer Science Ph.D. candidate Beste Filiz Yuksel and her colleagues have found a new learning method for playing the piano – one that can read your brain as you learn. While the BACh system, or Brain Automated Chorales system, works specifically with learning how to play the piano, the team aims to better understand how computer systems and music can affect rates of learning in general.

Those working alongside Yuksel include her advisor, Professor Rob Jacob, Ph.D., Tufts graduate Kurt Oleson (E ’15) and others.


Read more here: http://tuftsdaily.com/features/2016/03/13/the-piano-lesson-of-tomorrow-comp-sci-dept-researches-music-learning/

Monkeys learn how to steer Wheelchairs with their Thoughts

Source: kurzweilai.net

Duke Health neuroscientists have developed a brain-machine interface (BMI) that allows monkeys to steer a robotic wheelchair with their thoughts.

The BMI uses signals from hundreds of neurons recorded simultaneously in two regions of the monkeys’ brains that are involved in movement and sensation. As the animals think about moving toward their goal — in this case, a bowl containing fresh grapes — computers translate their brain activity into real-time operation of the wheelchair.
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Thought-controlled prosthetic Limbs and Devices may soon be available

Source: reuters.com

Thought-controlled prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and computers may be available within a decade, say Australian scientists who are planning to conduct human trials next year on a high-tech implant that can pick up and transmit signals from the brain.

Animals have already been tested with the device, called a stentrode, which is the size of a matchstick and planted inside a blood vessel near the brain.

It uses a web of small electrodes to pick up neuron signals from the brain and converts them into electrical commands that may one day, the scientists hope, allow paralyzed patients to control a bionic limb or wheelchair.


Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-bionic-idUSKCN0VW13T

Controlling our DIY Projects with our Minds?

Source: popsci.com

Pressing buttons with your hands is a drag. With OpenBCI, an open-source brain-computer interface, you can use your mind to control smartphones, robots, and even your friends’ limbs.

When DARPA funded research into a brain-computer interface, artist and engineer Joel Murphy and his former student Conor Russomanno built a working prototype. Then they decided to further refine the device in order to make the software and hardware cheap and accessible.


Read more here: http://www.popsci.com/control-your-projects-with-your-mind