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Brain-Computer Interface


Analysis and insight on brain-computer interfaces (BCI). Stay updated as Singularity Hub discusses the most important trends and research related to BCIs.

Neuroscientists Discover ESP — But Is That A Good Thing?

In The Peripheral, the new stunner by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson, the reader is treated to a look at the future. It’s inexact, this future. The author, delightfully, gives it no date. Maybe it’s...
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Students Link Brains to Fire Video Game Cannon

You know how Professor X wears that funny helmet to amplify his brainwaves whenever he uses Cerebro to find mutants in X Men? Of course you do. (And if not—go here.) Turns out, that...

Neuromodulation 2.0: New Developments in Brain Implants, Super Soldiers and the Treatment of Chronic Disease

Brain implants here we come. DARPA just announced the ElectRX program, a $78.9 million attempt to develop miniscule electronic devices that interface directly with the nervous system in the hopes of curing a bunch of...

Muse Headband Opens the Door to Brain-to-Computer Applications

FitBit, Jawbone, Aero: Wearable devices to track physical activity are everywhere. But technology advocates insist that’s not all the devices can do — not by a long shot. The tiny machines promise to track...

Researchers Show Off Mind-Controlled Music Player

Scientists at the University of Malta think touch screens are for suckers. Mind-controlled devices? Now, that’s where it’s at. Outfitted in an electrode-studded cap, users of the group’s specially designed music software are able to play a song, fast forward tracks, and adjust the volume by merely looking at the screen.

Wireless Brain Implant Aims To Give Paralyzed Power Over Their Limbs

BrainGate, a program that pools research from several universities, is moving ever closer to giving paralyzed patients use of their limbs by using technology developed to drive computerized prosthetics to drive the paralyzed limbs. The team is developing a system in which a patient’s mental signal to move an arm is recorded, filtered through a computer and sent as a command to an electric stimulation device that activates the patient’s muscles.

FDA Approves Brain Implant to Monitor and Autonomously Respond to Epileptic Seizures

In recent years, brain implants have been used to control tremors from Parkinson’s Disease and help quadriplegics move robotic arms. We can now add epilepsy to the list—a brain implant for patients suffering epileptic seizures was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Cyber-AJ Treats His Tremors With Targeted Electrical Shock to the Brain

Andrew Johnson, or Cyber-AJ, is one of the 10 million people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (PD) worldwide. The disease is progressive, and it is devastating. Johnson recently described himself as a “39 year old trapped in a 89 year old body.” But earlier this year, his life was transformed by a technique increasingly prescribed to a subset of PD patients called deep brain stimulation (DBS).

Samsung’s (Very) Early Attempts At Thought-Controlled Mobile Devices

Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones can be controlled by touch, gesture, eye movement—and your mind. Well, not exactly. Not yet. Not even close. Perhaps half in the name of science, half in the name of publicity, Samsung’s teamed up with Roozbeh Jafari—University of Texas, Dallas assistant professor and expert in wearable computing—to translate thoughts into common computing tasks using an electroencephalogram (EEG) cap.

Brains of Two Rats “Linked” Half Way Across The World

Now neuroscientists are practicing telepathy. In a recent study, the brain signals of a rat performing a task were transmitted to another rat to help it perform the same task.

Leading Neuroscientist Says Kurzweil Singularity Prediction A “Bunch Of Hot Air”

Addressing fellow scientists, he dismissed the singularity as “a bunch of hot air,” and went on further to declare that “the brain is not computable and no engineering can reproduce it.”

Brain Pacemakers Used To Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

In an effort to alleviate the symptoms of a disease that has stubbornly resisted treatment, scientists are turning to a therapy that may appear more likely to be encountered on the sick bay of...
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Ramez Naam Discusses Brain-Computer Interfaces At Google

Nexus author and Singularity Hub contributor Ramez Naam discusses the technology that will allow brain-computer interfacing at Authors@Google.

IBM Predicts Computers Will Touch, Taste, Smell, Hear and See In 5 Years

IBM's 2012 "5 in 5" list is all about the senses. Computers can already see and hear by way of microphone and camera. And plenty of apps use these senses for fun, like recording music, and more serious purposes, like monitoring moles for skin cancer. But why not go further? The “5 in 5” visionaries predict we’ll have touch screens that not only sense our fingers but give back subtle vibrations to simulate how certain items feel—from a silk shirt to a cotton pillow. Or devices that will smell our breath to see if we have diabetes, cancer, or a cold.

Cyborg Future Draws Closer As Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Brain Implant

In 1996, Jan Scheuermann was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration, a hereditary condition in which areas of the spinal cord and brain that control movement deteriorate. She gradually became quadriplegic, losing the use of her...

Bionic Limbs Step Up – Thought-Controlled Prosthetic Leg Climbs 2,100 Stair Building

On November 4, Zac Vawter climbed 2,100 steps to the top of Chicago’s Willis Tower. Vawter made the climb on a prosthetic leg. Neither of these facts would be particularly notable but for one...

Paralyzed Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Her Thoughts

Cathy Hutchinson hasn't moved her limbs of her own volition for 15 years, but by imagining she was using her own hand, she controlled a robotic arm to pick up a thermos of coffee...

Brain Scanner Being Used To Give Stephen Hawking A New Voice

World renowned scientist Stephen Hawking has given so much to the world of physics. Now he’s doing what he can for biology – and perhaps he will benefit from the experience himself in a...

Scientists Use Brain Waves To Eavesdrop On What We Hear

The day we can scan a person’s brain and “hear” their inner dialogue just got closer. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley recorded brain activity in patients while the patients listened to a...

How Social Media Is Ruining Your Mind

The ongoing creation of Web 2.0 has transformed the average internet denizen into a strange hybrid of producer and consumer. Everyone is now a 'prosumer', and this new role is apparently very addictive. Social...
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Thought-Wired Allows Disabled to Control Home Appliances with Mind Alone

If you’re one of the millions affected by severe disabilities, you should pay close attention to three innovative, pure-hearted Aucklanders who are whipping up a fresh batch of hope. They call themselves Thought-Wired, and...
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Brain Computer Implant Still Working in Patient 1000 Days Later

The latest report from academia: when you hack someone's brain to turn them into a cyborg, count on it lasting for a few years. Scientists developing Braingate, the revolutionary device that translates brain impulses...

XWave iPhone Accessory Channels Your Brain Waves into iPhone

Do your friends complain that you can’t pull your eyes away from your iPhone? Well, if you get the new XWave by PLX Devices, then you might have trouble pulling your brain away, too....

Great Video of Wheelchair Controlled By Human Thought with AI Guidance

You know telekinesis, right - moving objects with your thoughts? Let's talk techno-kinesis - moving machines with your thoughts. There's a really great new example out of EPFL's Center for Neuroprosthetics. Researchers have developed...

Controlling Your Mobile Phone…With Your Mind! (video)

Researchers in the Mobile Sensing Group at Dartmouth University have developed a cool new way for you to call a friend: think about him. Their Neurophone project connects an EEG headset from Emotiv with...

Multitouch Control Screen Turns Swarm Robotics Into a Game of StarCraft (video)

Mark Micire's PhD dissertation puts robotic control at his fingertips. The UMass Lowell student developed a command and control program for the Microsoft Surface touchscreen so that swarm robots can be easily guided. Watching...

App Lets You Make a Phone Call With Your Mind (Video)

And you thought having a touch screen was cool. ThinkContacts is a new smart phone app under development that uses your brainwaves to choose between callers and dial them up. The system...
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Tan Le Demos Headset That Reads Brainwaves (video)

Tan Le isn't just interested in reading your mind, she wants to have fun while doing it. Le is one of the founders of Emotiv, maker of the EPOC headset - a streamlined EEG...

Is The Movie ‘Inception’ Getting Closer to Reality? (video)

In the upcoming movie Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a criminal with the technology to project himself into the dreams of others. The circumstances of the film seem utter fantasy - amazing special effects are...

Electric Mind – Sweet Trailer Showcases Tech Uniting Mind and Machine

Ever wondered if the Matrix could really exist? If Nadav Harel's latest documentary is any indication, he's been asking himself the same question. Titled The Electric Mind, the hour long research film from Israel...

Monkey Controls Robot Arm With Brain Implant (Video)

If you want the epitome of cool cybernetics, it doesn't get much better than a monkey waving around a robot arm. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have placed two neural implants in the...

Nanowire Polymer Film Turns Any Surface into a Multitouch Interface

Portuguese engineers have taken us one step closer to fusing the digital and physical worlds. Displax, a fledgling tech company in Braga, has developed a device that can read the electrical disturbances in a...

Hilarious Hacked Device Electrocutes You for Thinking (Video)

In further proof that idle engineers are the most evil demographic in the world, I present to you the "Most Painful Toy Hack Ever". Created by Aaron Rasmussen, co-founder of Harcos Laboratories, this hacked...

Kevin Warwick, Once a Cyborg, Now Prophet of the Man-Machine Future

He has used his mind to control a robotic hand, he has sent his thoughts across the Atlantic and clenched a mechanical fist, and he has even felt, in his own neurons, the signals...

Intendix, The Brain Computer Interface Goes Commercial (video)

The world's first patient-ready and commercially available brain computer interface just arrived at CeBIT 2010. The Intendix from Guger Technologies (g*tec) is a system that uses an EEG cap to measure brain activity in...

Body Suit Controls Robot With Gestures (Video)

Of all the ways you could command a robot, turning your body into a game controller sounds like the most fun. Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo), part of the Chiba Institute of Technology, has...

Hand Gesture Controls Trying For Mainstream in 2010 (video)

The modern age of electronics is turning everyone into royalty. We have court jesters (TV), scholars (computers), and scribes (office software) at our command. Soon, these servants will even be watching our slightest gestures...

Kurzweil Discusses the Future of Brain Computer Interfaces (Video)

Offering money as a prize for scientific endeavors has a long history of success. That's how we got a clock accurate enough to calculate longitude, and an aviator brave enough to cross the Atlantic....

Igniting a Brain-Computer Interface Revolution – BCI X PRIZE

This is a guest post written by entrepreneur, Singularity University alumnus and teaching fellow Rod Furlan. He is an independent researcher in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantitative finance and high-performance computing. Passionate about...

Lumino Adds Third Dimension to Microsoft Surface (Video)

It never fails: give scientists a new bit of technology and they'll find a way to use it to play with blocks. Maybe it's all the Legos we enjoyed as children. In any case,...

Wireless Device Reads Brain Signals, Turns them into Speech (Video)

Remarkable news keeps coming for those who are trapped in their own bodies. People with locked-in syndrome, a condition where a healthy mind is unable to express itself due to brain damage, are...

New Hitachi TV Controlled By Gestures (Video)

In some households, fighting over the TV remote is a raging nightly battle. In mine it's more of a cold war detente. Either way, by the end of next year Hitachi (NYSE: HIT) may...

Q2 Cube – No Dials, Just Internet Radio

As devices become more and more complex, they have the potential to become too difficult for humans to control. Hence we have the new paradigm in technology - simple interfaces for complicated machines. Exhibit...

BumpTop Brings Multi-Touch to The Computer Desktop

Do you ever wish you could just reach out and move the icons on your computer desktop around the same way you do with pieces of paper on your physical desk? BumpTop has...

Is Surrogates Movie Getting Closer to Reality?

You know you live in a crazy age when blockbuster movies look like they might come true. Next month marks the debut of the scifi film Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis and adapted from Robert...

Braingate2: Your Mind Just Went Wireless

Are you ready to control the world with your mind? The possibility just got a little stronger. A few weeks ago, Singularity Hub highlighted some of the many accomplishments of Braingate, the neural interface...

Advancements in Brain Control: Wheelchairs that Move by Thought

The seventies gave the world “soul power” and now the new millennium is moving on to brain-power. There has been a flurry of postings here at Singularity Hub within the past few months...
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The Emotiv Headset – Gaming With Thoughts Alone

Mind control is coming to a home near you. Well, it’s not going to let you lull your neighbors into a trance, but it will let you control a computer with only a thought....

Posting Tweets with Brain Power

Tired of using thumbs to endlessly update Twitter on a cell phone?  Well, worry no longer about finger injuries from marathon tweeting: the University of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering has come to the...

The Real Scoop on Honda’s Brain Controlled Asimo Robot

Many of our readers may have seen the announcement yesterday that Honda has enabled its famous Asimo robot to be controlled by the thoughts of a nearby human.  The story certainly creates a sensational...

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