Wireless, Implantable Brain-Computer Interface Are In It's Animal Testing Phase Now
Mar 05, 2013 12:25
Researchers from Brown University have developed a wireless, implantable brain computer interface (BCI). If the trials are successful in monkeys and pigs, humans will be next for test phases.
The new BCI doesn't have to be attached to a computer, and the wearer can actually move around freely. BCIs are used to aid people who are paralyzed or have diminished motor functions by connecting them to control things like a robotic arm.
The device looks a lot like a pacemaker, with a li-lion battery, an inductive charging loop. It's got a chip that will digitize brain information, and an antenna that will transmit that info to a computer. According to Extreme Tech:
The BCI is connected to a small chip with 100 electrodes protruding from it, which, in this study, was embedded in the somatosensory cortex or motor cortex. These 100 electrodes produce a lot of data, which the BCI transmits at 24Mbps over the 3.2 and 3.8GHz bands to a receiver that is one meter away.
Wearable tech may not mass adopted just yet, but it is gaining some traction. This form here is targeted to parents with kids. The idea is called Lineable. It is a wearable device to track and find missing children. Read more