Thursday, March 20, 2008

Brain blanket boosts mind control

NewScientistTech reports how with a sheet of electrodes placed over the brain, people can quickly learn to move a cursor around a computer screen using their thoughts:

Early trials suggest that this new procedure could overtake more established brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).The two established techniques involve inserting electrodes into the brain or attaching them onto the scalp. These approaches have let people control robotic limbs, steer wheelchairs, type messages and walk in virtual worlds using thought alone.

BCIs will one day transform the lives of people with disabilities and neurological disorders affecting their ability to move or communicate, says neuroscientist Gerwin Schalk at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, US.

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