Thursday, July 27, 2006

Unusual Interfaces: MInd Control of the Cursor is here

Interface through the mind...

"It is now possible to interact with electronic devices using thought control. To borrow the words of the BPS Research Digest and editor Christian Jarrett:

'John Donoghue and colleagues implanted a tiny array of electrodes into the brain of a 25-year-man who is unable to move his arms or legs following a knife wound that severed his spinal cord. The brain implant allowed him to use his thoughts to check emails, play a simple computer game, change channels and volume on a TV, and to control a robotic arm. It is the first time an implant of this kind has been tested in a human.

'The electrode array was implanted into the part of the man’s brain that, prior to his injury, would have controlled his left arm. By forming the intention to move his arm, neurons were activated in this region, their pattern of firing was recorded by the implant and then an external computer converted the neuronal firing into a command for a mouse cursor or robotic arm."   (Continued via Usability News)       [Usability Resources]


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