cyberpunk dreams

11 Dec

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have harnessed the power of your thoughts to type. This technology is too cool to go under the radar. Just think of the possibilities. Next step: Telekinesis, Kyle.

Electrode grids implanted in patients’ brains are being calibrated to recognize brainwaves associated with written language. Patients participating in the experiment have successfully typed by thought. This awesomeness does require a craniotomy, where a part of your skull is removed to expose brain surface… so people will be thinking twice before running to the nearest brain surgeon, especially when there is a non-invasive technique that has similar results and trendy headgear:

EEG wear this in style

EEG head-gear, the latest in fashion

Despite having to go under the knife, brain-computer interface technology and its possible applications are impressive. 10, 20 years down the road we’ll all be Jean Greys (hotness not included and spandex body suit optional of course).


3 Responses to “cyberpunk dreams”

  1. Brian Bynum December 18, 2009 at 7:14 am #

    If only all bloggers spent enough time to come up with content such as this. But then again that would be asking too much.

  2. T_dot November 12, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    Wow, soon we can all be motoko kusanagi and batou! Cant wait!!!
    But on a serious note, this could become extremely useful in helping the disabled communicate.


  1. i think, therefore i say « v’s weblog - December 28, 2009

    […] The system is “telemetric” in that it requires no wires or connectors passing through the skin, eliminating the risk of infection. Instead, the electrode amplifies and converts neural signals into frequency modulated (FM) radio signals. These signals are wirelessly transmitted across the scalp to two coils, acting as receiving antenna, attached to the volunteer’s head. The implanted electrode is powered by an induction power supply via a power coil, which is also attached to the head – so yes, another breakthrough in future headgear fashion. […]

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