The future of brain-computer interfaces and the human machine

 

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The melding of humanity with the technology we have created has begun…

We are well on our way as Homo sapiens to becoming a species that fully merges technology with our organic bodies. In some ways, we’ve been getting at this for centuries already, beginning with the first use of eyeglasses, at the end of the thirteenth century in Italy, to improve vision by making it easy for someone to wear two magnifying lenses on the bridge of their nose.

But ever since the invention of the computer and the first human-machine interfaces were born (HMIs), a dream of many technologists has been to create direct connections between computers and the human brain. These brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) — also known as Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMIs) — would eliminate the lag inherent in the translation between thought → physical action → computer response. BCIs also allow people who cannot perform physical actions required for HMIs to bypass that real-world step and directly control powerful computer tools with the electrical impulses in their brains.

One of the dreams is that BCIs will eventually place the entire canon of human knowledge within the realm of immediate recall: No more searching the internet via typing or voice commands needed. In a near future, we will be able to think about what we need and pull whatever relevant information is available directly from a cloud and into the forefront of our minds.

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Digital tattoo for controlling devices with your mind

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For around $120, anyone can can buy a headset that reads the electrical activity of their brain. It’s called an electroencephalogram, or EEG, a devise that reads the electrical activity of their brain, and you can use it to control devices with the power of your mind.  But there are some drawbacks:  they don’t work when the wearer is moving and they look silly, so no one wants to wear them.   Continue reading… “Digital tattoo for controlling devices with your mind”

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Two-way ‘conversations’ possible with vegetative state patients

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The brainwaves were assessed using an electroencephalography (EEG) machine.

Neuroscientists discover that two-way “conversations” with people in a permanent vegetative state will be possible thanks to an inexpensive device that can read their brain activity.

 

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The Jedi Mind Control Game

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My Mind Is Stronger Than Your Mind!

This is the Star Wars Jedi game that requires you to bring to bear all of your latent telekinetic powers of the Force in order to keep a ball levitating. Similar to EEG technology that reads the alpha and beta waves created by your brain, the game comes with a headset equipped with forehead and ear sensors that translate your brain’s energy into a wireless signal that is sent to the game’s base station. The station has a tube with a ball inside (resembling the Jedi training remote Luke Skywalker used on the Millennium Falcon) that is kept levitating by a flow of air; your steady concentration adjusts the air fan’s speed, causing the ball to rise and fall…

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New Method Of Analyzing Brain Signals Could Help Stroke Patients

New Method Of Analyzing Brain Signals Could Help Stroke Patients 

This image shows brain activity in a stroke patient before (left) and after (right) two weeks of rehabilitative therapy.

New ways to analyze the brain’s electrical activity might soon help physicians diagnose brain disorders and assess the benefits of treatment. ElMindA, a startup based in Israel, is developing one such system, which it hopes will help doctors diagnose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) more objectively and speed up treatment decisions for stroke patients. The company is partnering with pharmaceutical and medical-device companies and expects to have a product ready for clinical use in 18 months.

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