Sunday, June 24, 2007

Cyborgs are Telekinetic

Wired News - AP News: "HATOYAMA, Japan (AP) -- Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity. The 'brain-machine interface' developed by Hitachi Inc. analyzes slight changes in the brain's blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals. A cap connects by optical fibers to a mapping device, which links, in turn, to a toy train set via a control computer and motor during one recent demonstration at Hitachi's Advanced Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, just outside Tokyo."

"...Hitachi's scientists are set to develop a brain TV remote controller letting users turn a TV on and off or switch channels by only thinking.
Honda, whose interface monitors the brain with an MRI machine like those used in hospitals, is keen to apply the interface to intelligent, next-generation automobiles."

"The technology could one day replace remote controls and keyboards and perhaps help disabled people operate electric wheelchairs, beds or artificial limbs."

"Initial uses would be helping people with paralyzing diseases communicate even after they have lost all control of their muscles."


Blogger Ubiquitous said...

Uh-oh... so they're going to experiment on disabled people first and the ultimate goal is a TV remote that takes LESS effort to manipulate than the ones we use now. If Honda is involved though, the thing will probably be cute. Like a smooth white plastic face-hugger that sits on top of your head and helps you with your TV troubles, the "Brain Buddy!"

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