A paralyzed person set a record for typing with the power of thought
Researchers at Stanford University in the framework of the research consortium BrainGate developed a brain implant, with which a paralyzed patient set a typing record on the computer, 4 times higher than the previous world achievement.
The technology involves the introduction of electrodes into the motor region of the brain, which controls the movement and captures the signals of the brain. Then the signals are interpreted as the cursor movement on the virtual keyboard.
Studies in the field of direct computer control by thought have been conducted by the BrainGate consortium for several years already. The technology has gone through several iterations, each time increasing the accuracy and speed of computer management detection.
Leading participants in the project bioengineer neurosurgeon Krishna Shenoy and Dr. Jamie Henderson hope that the established record of printing can be beaten by adding the function of auto-completion of words, which is used on many smartphones. Also, work is underway to further optimize the algorithm and introduce wireless mode.
If the development of BrainGate achieves higher accuracy, the technology will find application in the management of wheelchairs or even exoskeletons , scientists believe.