Neural Interfaces

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  • Potential brain-machine interface for hand paralysis
    on January 15, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    A brain-machine interface that combines brain stimulation with a robotic device controlling hand movement increases the output of pathways connecting the brain and spinal cord, according to a study of healthy adults. This work could have implications for restoring function in stroke patients with hand paralysis. […]

  • Making the internet of things possible with a new breed of 'memristors'
    on January 10, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Easily printable, organic thin films can retain data for more than 10 years without power, work with low voltages -- and become the building block of future computers that mimic the human brain. […]

  • Uneasiness in observers of unnatural android movements explained
    on January 9, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    When the human-likeness of androids exceeds a certain threshold, the human's affinity for them decreases and an uncanny feeling about them increases. This effect, however, has been relatively unexplored. Osaka University-centered researchers recently found the visual observation of the android, compared with that of the human model, caused greater activation in the subthalamic nucleus, a brain region also involved in the pathology of Parkinson's disease. The findings further contribute to the knowledge needed to design androids with more natural movements. […]

  • Researchers use WWII code-breaking techniques to interpret brain data
    on December 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    A team of researchers has used cryptographic techniques to decode the activity of motor neurons. Their approach has allowed them to predict, from brain data, and with only generic knowledge of typical movements, which direction monkeys will move their arms. […]

  • The force is strong: Amputee controls individual prosthetic fingers
    on December 11, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Luke Skywalker's bionic hand is a step closer to reality for amputees in this galaxy. Researchers have created an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to control each of their prosthetic fingers individually. It provides fine motor hand gestures that aren't possible with current commercially available devices. […]

  • Advances to brain-interface technology provide clearer insight into visual system
    on December 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Engineers and cognitive neuroscientists have demonstrated that a new high-density EEG can capture the brain's neural activity at a higher spatial resolution than ever before. This next-generation brain-interface technology is the first noninvasive, high-resolution system of its kind, providing higher density and coverage than any existing system. It has the potential to revolutionize future clinical and neuroscience research as well as brain-computer interfaces. […]

  • Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
    on November 27, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Neuroscientists have shown how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both areas can create new connections to learn how to control the device, even several years after an amputation. […]

  • New way to write magnetic info could pave the way for hardware neural networks
    on November 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Researchers have shown how to write any magnetic pattern desired onto nanowires, which could help computers mimic how the brain processes information. […]

  • Bioengineered robotic hand with its own nervous system will sense touch
    on November 14, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Researchers are developing a first-of-its-kind bioengineered robotic hand that will actually feel and adapt to its environment. This “living” robot will have its own peripheral nervous system directly linking robotic sensors and actuators. […]

  • How the brain beats distractions to retain memories
    on October 31, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Researchers have recently discovered a mechanism that could explain how the brain retains working memory when faced with distractions. These findings could endow cognitive flexibility to neural networks used for artificial intelligence. […]

  • Advanced artificial limbs mapped in the brain
    on October 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Scientists have used functional MRI to show how the brain re-maps motor and sensory pathways following targeted motor and sensory reinnervation (TMSR), a neuroprosthetic approach where residual limb nerves are rerouted towards intact muscles and skin regions to control a robotic limb. […]

  • Artificial intelligence to evaluate brain maturity of preterm infants
    on October 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Artificial intelligence software can now evaluate the maturity of a preterm infant's brain directly from an EEG. […]

  • 'Mind-reading' brain-decoding tech
    on October 23, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Researchers have demonstrated how to decode what the human brain is seeing by using artificial intelligence to interpret fMRI scans from people watching videos, representing a sort of mind-reading technology. […]

  • Future smartwatches could sense hand movement using ultrasound imaging
    on October 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    New research has shown future wearable devices, such as smartwatches, could use ultrasound imaging to sense hand gestures. […]

  • Brain-controlled drones are here: What’s coming in the next five years?
    on September 30, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Single unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) directed by joysticks, radio controllers, and mobile phones are already accomplishing a variety of useful tasks, such as aerial photography and security patrols. But using multiple drones requires multiple human operators, and this presents a coordination problem. […]

  • Move towards 'holy grail' of computing by creation of brain-like photonic microchips
    on September 27, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Scientists have made a crucial step towards unlocking the 'holy grail' of computing -- microchips that mimic the way the human brain works to store and process information. […]

  • The 3-D selfie has arrived
    on September 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Computer scientists have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research. They have developed technology capable of producing 3-D facial reconstruction from a single 2-D image -- the 3-D selfie. People are queuing up to try it and so far, more than 400,000 users have had a go. […]

  • Mathematical simulations shed new light on epilepsy surgery
    on September 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Results from an unexpected quarter is could help neurologists to identify which brain region to remove to eliminate an epilepsy patient’s symptoms. Mathematicians have shown that it is sensible to examine the interconnections between different brain regions closely, instead of searching for abnormal regions only. […]

  • Brain Composer: 'Thinking' melodies onto a musical score
    on September 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    A new brain-computer interface application that allows music to be composed by the power of thought has now been developed by scientists. […]

  • 'Seeing' robot learns tricky technique for studying brain cells in mammals
    on August 30, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Scientists have successfully taught robots to perform a challenging brain technique only previously mastered by a handful of humans. […]

  • Stroke patient improvement with a brain-computer interface
    on August 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    It is possible for stroke patients to improve motor function using special training involving connecting brain signals with a computer, research shows. […]

  • Use of brain-computer interface, virtual avatar could help people with gait disabilities
    on August 23, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Researchers have shown for the first time that the use of a brain-computer interface augmented with a virtual walking avatar can control gait, suggesting the protocol may help patients recover the ability to walk after stroke, some spinal cord injuries and certain other gait disabilities. […]

  • Artificial neural networks decode brain activity during performed and imagined movements
    on August 18, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Filtering information for search engines, acting as an opponent during a board game or recognizing images: Artificial intelligence has far outpaced human intelligence in certain tasks. Researchers are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize brain research. They illustrate how a self-learning algorithm decodes human brain signals that were measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG). […]

  • AI implications: Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device
    on August 17, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer has taken steps toward using nanocrystal networks for artificial intelligence applications. […]

  • Computer approaches human skill for first time in mapping brain
    on August 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Scientist, for the first time, have developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks -- a breakthrough that could speed up the image analysis that researchers use to understand brain circuitry. […]

  • Mapping the brain, neuron by neuron
    on August 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    A mathematician and computer scientist joined an international team of neuroscientists to create a complete map of the learning and memory center of the fruit fly larva brain, an early step toward mapping how all animal brains work. […]

  • Artificial intelligence helps build brain atlas of fly behavior
    on July 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Scientists have created comprehensive brain maps linking different groups of neurons to specific behaviors, using a machine-learning program that annotated more than 225 days of videos of flies -- a feat that would have taken humans some 3,800 years. […]

  • Hackers could use brainwaves to steal passwords, study finds
    on July 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    EEG headsets, growing in popularity among consumers, need better security, suggests a team of researchers who say that hackers could use the items to steal passwords. […]

  • Who is responsible if a brain-controlled robot drops a baby?
    on June 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    As brain-controlled robots enter everyday life, researchers say that now is the time to take action and put in place guidelines that ensure the safe and beneficial use of direct brain-machine interaction. […]

  • Beyond bananas: 'Mind reading' technology decodes complex thoughts
    on June 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    New research builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to "mind read." […]