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Students Develop Thought-Controlled, Hands-Free Computer for the Disabled

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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 07:16 PM

University of the Negev software engineering students have developed innovative technology that could enable people to operate a computer without using a keyboard or mouse -- only their brainwaves

While there have been previous attempts to develop devices to read brainwaves and operate specific programs, they were cumbersome and not feasible outside of a laboratory setting.

The BGU technology features a helmet equipped with 14 EEG connect points that sense brain activity. According to Dr. Rami Puzis, "The technology is designed to assist those who are physically disabled who might otherwise be unable to manipulate a computer mouse or keyboard."

The student team, Ori Ossmy, Ofir Tam and Ariel Rozen, developed the prototype application for their bachelor's degree project under the supervision BGU Prof. Mark Last, Dr. Rami Puzis, Prof. Yuval Lovitz and Dr. Lior Rokah.

As part of a recent demonstration, a student composed and sent a hands-free e-mail using only thought combined with the adaptive hardware. The students and BGU team plan to continue research working with the disabled.

Science Daily Article

While I think this is an absolute phenomenal breakthrough for those with disabilities. The development of this technology makes my mind go somewhat into a tailspin as to all the possible applications that this technology could be utilized in. Hopefully it won't always require a gaudy wire and probe filled (presumably) helmet in the future.

How about a smart phone, that operates solely off signals from your brain? You want to send a text message to someone, just think it, call someone, just think it.

Or how about a television where your mind is the remote control?

This program, developed by a few students no less, has the potential to make thought controlled devices a commonality. I for one am very intrigued by this article and the possible implications it could have on our everyday lives.

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 07:22 PM
How about this is the tip of the iceberg for what black ops have been doing and developing for decades, and its really hard to believe the human race has been kept in an 80 year fossil fuel bubble, with plans to depopulate going on instead.


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