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The power of thought: interface enables touchless tablet use
« on: January 22, 2019, 11:02:19 AM »

News Technology 22 November 2018
The power of thought: interface enables touchless tablet use
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Researchers have created a brain-computer interface (BCI) that, for the first time, allows people with tetraplegia to operate a commercially available tablet with the power of thought alone.

In the study, part of the BrainGate2 clinical trial, two people with Lou Gehrig's disease and one with a spinal injury were able to browse the Web, play YouTube videos, stream music and email or text using an unmodified Google Nexus 9 tablet.

Led by Jaimie Henderson at Stanford University in the US and published in the journal PLOS One, the research used neural decoding software to interpret the brainwaves of subjects, who had electrodes implanted in the part of the brain that controls hand movement.

https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology/the-power-of-thought-interface-enables-touchless-tablet-use
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