Researchers in Europe just designed a brain-computer interface which helps them to read the thoughts of patients who were locked in their bodies. Patients who have been suffering from different types of locked-in syndromes and are losing the ability to communicate with the world can now communicate, according to researchers.
This Computer Interacts With The Brain And Reads Your Mind
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ell, we are seeing how Brain Computer interfaces are gaining lots of interest in the recent years, especially in medical science. Tech giants and several universities are willing to spend millions just to develop a proper working Brain-computer interface.
As we all know, Brain Computer interfaces can read human brains and can make criticals things easier. As we already mentioned, in a medical sector the BCI can improve lives of people who are unable to control their bodies for a long time.
So, patients who have been suffering from different types of locked-in syndromes and are losing the ability to communicate with the world can now communicate, according to researchers.
Researchers in Europe designed a brain-computer interface which helps them to read the thoughts of patients who were locked in their bodies. Guess what? The patients can now answer simple yes/no questions.
The patient wears the BCI just like a swimming cap. According to MIT Tech Review, the interface “measures changes in electrical waves emanating from the brain and also blood flow using a technique known as near-infrared spectroscopy.”
The team of researchers asked personal questions to the patients with simple answers YES/NO. Three out of four replies yes when the patients were shown the “I love to live” statement.
MIT Tech review wrote “Birbaumer’s team asked patients, over the course of about ten days of testing, to respond yes or no to statements such as “You were born in Berlin” or “Paris is the capital of Germany” by modulating their thoughts and altering the blood-flow pattern. The answers relayed through the system were consistent about 70 percent of the time, substantially better than chance.”
Technology like BCI could be benefited heavily in the health sector. Particularly for those suffering from locked-in syndromes. So, what do you think about this? Share your views in the comment section below.