Browsing Category: BCI

BCI for astronaut equipment control, ground communication

The China Astronaut Research and Training Center and Tianjin University are developing a BCI system to allow astronauts to control spacecraft equipment with their thoughts. Brain impulses will be translated into words, to operate instruments and  communicate with ground control. The system will be tested by astronauts in space, and information is currently displayed at the International Simulation […]

“Cybathlon” features robotic exoskeleton, BCI competitions

ETH professor Robert Riener‘s first Cybathlon will feature competitions using robotic prostheses and brain computer interfaces.  Disabled participants will compete in brain controlled races and exoskeleton controlled tasks.  Many  will include common obstacles, like doors, ramps, and stairs, as the goal is to develop technology to increase independence and make the activities of daily living […]

Monkeys type Shakespeare with thoughts; human trials underway

Stanford professor Krishna Shenoy has developed technology that reads brain signals in monkeys, from implanted electrodes,  to control a cursor moving over a keyboard.   A clinical trial will begin soon, with the goal of creating brain computer interfaces to help paralyzed people communicate.  This could overcome the limitations of eye-controlled keyboards, which do not […]

Mobile brain health management

After scanning the brains of ALS, epilepsy, minimally conscious, schizophrenia, memory impaired, and healthy patients, to monitor brain health and treatment effectiveness, Brown and Tel Aviv University professor Nathan Intrator has commercialized his algorithms and launched Neurosteer. At ApplySci’s recent NeuroTech NYC conference, Professor Intrator discussed dramatic advances in BCI, monitoring, and neurofeedback, in his […]

Implanted chip enables quadriplegic to move arm with thoughts

Battelle’s NeuroLife system has allowed a quadriplegic man to to make complex movements with his hand and fingers, using signals from his brain. The breakthrough invasive device uses an artificial neural bypass that reroutes signals from the brain to the affected muscles. A tiny, 96 channel microelectrode array was implanted in the patient’s motor cortex. A cable port was […]

Bionic finger, implanted electrodes, enable amputee to “feel” texture

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna researchers have developed  a bionic fingertip that allows amputees to feel textures and  differentiate between rough and smooth surfaces. Electrodes were surgically implanted into the upper arm of a man whose arm had been amputated below the elbow.  A machine moved an artificial finger, wired with electrodes,  across […]

BCI controlled wheelchair

Miguel Nicolelis has developed a brain computer interface that allows monkeys to steer a robotic wheelchair with their thoughts.  The study is meant to demonstrate the potential of humans to do the same. Signals from hundreds of neurons simultaneously recorded in two brain regions were translated into the real-time operation of a wheelchair. Nicolelis said: “In […]