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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.

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...

The Next Generation in Human Computer Interfaces

For decades our options for interacting with the digital world have been limited to keyboards, mice, and joysticks. Now with a new generation of exciting new interfaces in the pipeline our interaction with the...
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Bionic Arm Controlled By Patient’s Own Thoughts

Last year we reported about the latest efforts to create the next generation in prosthetic arms.  Without a doubt the most exciting feature being developed for this new generation of arms is their ability...

Researchers Develop “Brain-Controlled” Wheelchair Robotic Arm

Researchers at USF have created a wheelchair with a robotic arm that is operated by capturing the user's brain waves and converting them into actions, such as typing.  This is just another example of...

Monkey’s Thoughts Control Robot Halfway Across the World

The New York Times today reports on an awesome experiment in which thoughts were extracted from a monkey in the US and used to control a walking robot in Japan.  An electrode array implanted...

The Rise of the Cyborgs

Discover Magazine has just blown me away with a fascinating story on the current state of brain-computer interfaces (BCI).  The story cites numerous projects underway across the globe in which electrodes implanted into the...

Monkey Controls Robotic Arm Using Brain-machine Interface

In May the New York Times and many other outlets reported on the "most striking demonstration to date of brain-machine interface technology". From the article: "The findings suggest that brain-controlled prosthetics, while not practical, are...

A “Manhattan Project” for the Next Generation of Bionic Arms

Related to the IEEE special report on prosthetic arms is a fascinating article on prosthetic limbs that can take their signals directly from the nerves or even the brain of the user. As reported...

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