8 Amazing Mind-Reading Technologies

Bionic prostheses have made enormous strides in recent years — and the concept of a mind-controlled robot limb is now very much a reality. In one example, engineers at Johns Hopkins built a successful prototype of such a robot arm that allows users to wiggle each prosthetic finger independently, using nothing but the power of the mind.

Perhaps even more impressively, earlier this year a team of researchers from Italy, Switzerland, and Germany developed a robot prosthesis which can actually feed sensory information back to a user’s brain — essentially restoring the person’s sense of touch in the process.

“We ‘translate’ information recorded by the artificial sensors in the [prosthesis’] hand into stimuli delivered to the nerves,” Silvestro Micera, a professor of Translational Neuroengineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne School of Engineering, told Digital Trends. “The information is then understood by the brain, which makes the patient feeling pressure at different fingers.”

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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.


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27 Years After a Brain Injury, a Violinist is making Music again.

Source: thedailybeast.com

The clock reads 4 a.m. as the distant sound of loud voices shouting “Tell me your name!” steadily becomes clearer. Soon, the curtain is pulled back, revealing three doctors who have come to test your neurologic function.

After several tense minutes filled with a barrage of tests and questions, the doctors depart. You’re left remembering the events leading up to your hospital admission, as you feel the stitches running along the side of your head. Rinse and repeat.


Read more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/09/science-brought-her-music-back-to-life-27-years-after-a-brain-injury.html