brain

Wed
17
May
John Lister's picture

Researchers to Fit Computer Chips in Human Brains

A computer processor manufacturer is working on chips to implant into human brains. It could dramatically improve life for people with spinal or brain injuries, but is years from becoming a reality. The project is a partnership between the ... University of Washington's Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and ARM, a company which dominates the market for processors in mobile devices. It will build on existing technologies which can read signals in the brain and then wirelessly transmit them to nerve stimulators, allowing people to control their hands and arms despite suffering from ... (view more)

Wed
13
May
John Lister's picture

Scientists One Step Closer to Building Human Brain

Scientists have designed a simple computer circuit to successfully recognize three different letters. It sounds unimpressive, but it's actually a huge step towards replicating and learning more about the human brain. One of the curious things about ... a computer is that although it is considerably faster than a human at basic calculations (which are what its operations boil down to), there are certain tasks at which it is far inferior. Most of these tasks involve 'human' abilities, such as judgment and making snap decisions. A good example is situations which involve a large number ... (view more)

Fri
30
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

Vulcan Mind Meld Becomes a Reality, Sort Of

A University of Washington scientist has transmitted his own thoughts over the Internet in order to make another man's finger move. But he insists this breakthrough isn't quite Star Trek-style Vulcan mind control. The project is designed to explore ... the way the brain operates with electrical signals. (Source: washington.edu ) Professor Rajesh Rao wore a special cap that monitors the electrical signals, or brainwaves, in the skull. Although he didn't physically move, he imagined moving his finger. To make the thought "more powerful", he did so while looking at a computer screen showing a video ... (view more)

Mon
19
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

Scientists Building Chip That Mimics Our Brains

There's no denying that computers -- whether they're in desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet form -- are becoming both more powerful and complex. Most of the smartphones on the market today are far faster than the desktop PCs we used just a few ... years ago. Still, researchers aren't convinced that today's cutting-edge computers are a match for the highly-adaptive human brain. But that could soon change, thanks to the work of a Boise State University research team. Electrical and computer engineering faculty at the school are currently using a three-year $500,000 National Science Foundation ... (view more)

Tue
26
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

High-Tech Tattoos Make Telepathy Possible

It appears telepathy, or speaking to one another with our minds, could soon become a reality. Possessing the ability to control certain machines via brain activity is not entirely new. In recent years, specialists have been able to help amputee ... patients overcome their disabilities using bionic limbs moved by specific thoughts. But up until now, such innovations have come following invasive surgeries that involve, above all else, penetrating the skull. And while the possibilities for such advancements are seemingly endless, those without life-altering disabilities are not readily willing to ... (view more)

Thu
30
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

Mind Hacking Used to Predict Behavior

A team of international researchers is currently exploring the possibility that someone could "hack" a person's brain. For now, such a process would require technology that is difficult to obtain. The study is related to Electroencephalography (EEG) ... technology, which is a way of measuring brain activity. EEG was originally developed to diagnose neurological problems. For many years, EEG technology has been extremely expensive and therefore limited to professional medical use. However, today the cost has come down to the point where it can be used in other ways, for other purposes. This ... (view more)

Mon
31
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

New Prosthetics Connect Brain to Limbs, Simulate Feeling

One of the most exciting, applicable but often ignored areas of technology research is that involving the development of prosthetics. A new project aims to give amputees the ability to reacquire limb functionality by effectively connecting the brain ... to a prosthetic limb through a computer interface. A first look at the new technology may cause some film fans to shudder. That's because the new prosthetics, free of their synthetic skin and flesh, look eerily similar to the exoskeleton used in the movie 'The Terminator'. New Technology Transfers 'Feeling' to the Brain The technology allows ... (view more)

Tue
12
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

Scientists Verify That Light Does Worsen Migraines

Ever wonder why the glow of your computer monitor makes that late-day headache even worse? Or how the piercing sunset on the drive home makes you want to drill into the side of your skull in some vain attempt to relieve the pressure? Then take note ... of a recent study by Boston-based researchers who say they can now verify that light affects migraine headaches. In a report published Sunday through Nature Neuroscience, Boston researchers have found that certain cells in the brain, referred to as the thalamus, can sometimes act as a sort-of battleground for information based on the brain's visual ... (view more)

Tue
24
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Intel: Chips of the Future to be Powered by the Human Brain

When Intel was recently asked about their plans for future development, the world's largest semiconductor chipmaker retorted with a rather unusual answer. According to Intel, by the year 2020, people will no longer need a keyboard or mouse to ... control a computer. Rather, users will able to surf the Internet and open files using nothing more than their brain . Intel researchers are currently finding new ways to read human brain activity to be used in the manipulation of computers, television sets and cell phones. If the research proves to be successful, many brain waves could soon be harnessed ... (view more)

Mon
30
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

Action Games Improve Eyesight, Research Suggests

Think video games are wasting away a new generation of frag-happy, overweight teens? Nutritionists might have good reason to be worried, but optometrists could soon be pushing action games on patients after a recent study found they can actually ... improve eye sight. According to a study launched by the University of Rochester in New York, those participants who played a significant amount of action video games were better able to differentiate between varying shades of gray. Doesn't sound notable? Well, researchers believe it could actually help people see at night, particularly when they're ... (view more)

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