Forget those virtual assistants like Siri and Cortana, because soon you may give commands and control machines just by ‘thinking’ them.
Team of researchers and engineers at Melbourne University are developing this stentrode, a tiny implant that can be placed into the blood vessel next to the brain which can record electric activity from specific part of the brain. The information will be decoded and interpreted into thoughts.
People who suffer from paralysis or severe spinal cord injuries can use their thoughts to control movement systems and allow them to interact with their surroundings again by using the stentrode implant.
Another goal of the study is to determine what’s happening in people’s brain having uncontrollable seizures and to predict and address the issue. The team could develop a custom-filled decoding algorithm in translating electric brain activity into useful information.
The said study through research lead of Dr. Tom Oxley, it will purely focused on harnessing possibilities of bionics to improve medical industry, particularly paralysis and epilepsy treatment.