Rice University’s Jacob Robinson, with Yale and Columbia colleagues, are developing FlatScope — a flat, brain implanted microscope that monitors and triggers neurons which are modified to be fluorescent when active.
While capturing greater detail than current brain probes, the microscope also goes through deep levels that illustrate sensory input processing — which they hope to be able to control.
Aiming to produce a super high-resolution neural interface, FlatScope is a part of DARPA’s NESD program, founded by Phillip Alvelda, and now led by Brad Ringeisen.
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Reflex Arc‘s augmented reality games work with Microsoft Kinect to help children learn sign language and assist the visually impaired with exercise. Boris gestures sign language, and The Nepalese Necklace helps those with no limited sight with mobility training.
The games encourage exercise and are designed to help blind children learn about spatial awareness, balance, coordination, and orientation.
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Glide combines the concepts of WhatsApp with Skype, enabling users to send short videos of themselves. It has become a popular communication tool for the hearing impaired, who use it for sign language messaging.
The app has 20 million registered users. The company hopes to soon offer instant subtitles for sign language, and the ability to convert text into visual graphics.
Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital researchers examined 94 cochlear implant patients 3 times — before they received the device, 6 months after implantation, and 1 year after implantation.
A year after the implant, (65 – 85 year old) subjects heard words more clearly, and most had improved cognition and fewer depression symptoms. Dr. Isabelle Mosnier and colleagues detailed the study in a recent JAMA paper.
Mayo Clinic‘s Colin Driscoll said that it is known that hearing aids improve the mood of seniors who need them, implying that the cochlear implant itself may not be the cause.
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ReSound LiNX, Beltone First and the Starkey Halo are hearing aids that work directly with iPhones. Audio is sent to the device as it would a Bluetooth earpiece. It can also act as a remote control.
One’s phone can be a hearing aid’s microphone, record information about when and where it is adjusted, and track how often it’s used. An audiologist can use this information to manage the device’s settings. Lost hearing aids can be located via GPS.
UNSW Professor Gary Housley used electrical pulses from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, successfully regrowing auditory nerves. Until now, the “bionic ear” has been largely constrained by the neural interface.
In the study, Professor Housley and colleagues used the cochlear implant electrode array for novel “close-field” electroporation to transduce mesenchymal cells lining the cochlear perilymphatic canals with a naked complementary DNA gene construct driving expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and a green fluorescent protein reporter. The focusing of electric fields by particular cochlear implant electrode configurations led to surprisingly efficient gene delivery to adjacent mesenchymal cells. The resulting BDNF expression stimulated regeneration of spiral ganglion neurites, which had atrophied 2 weeks after ototoxic treatment, in a bilateral sensorineural deafness model..
Integration of this technology into other “bionic” devices, such as electrode arrays used in deep brain stimulation, could create opportunities for safe, directed gene therapy of complex neurological disorders.
Princeton Professor Michael McAlpine has created a prototype artificial ear using 3D printing of cells and nanoparticles followed by cell culture to combine a small coil antenna with cartilage. This functional ear can “hear” radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capability.