For the first time ever, scientists have managed to translate someone’s mental handwriting into text on a screen in an instant.
Which is possible thanks to the use of a brain-computer interface.
This follows Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain chip which was shown off to the public in a pig named Gertrude so far.
However, the guys from BrainGate team have developed a technology that can transmit signals with ‘single-neuron resolution and in full broadband fidelity.
Through clinical trial with participants, in a world first, they managed to demonstrate the use of it – where they managed to write with their brain.
"Researchers with the BrainGate collaboration have, for the first time, used an implanted sensor to record the brain signals associated with handwriting, and used those signals to create text on a computer in real time" – https://t.co/Bhxp5mEBDA
— Robert Horvitz (@open_spectrum) May 12, 2021
It has been explained that the system ditches cables and revolves around a transmitter which weighs little more than 40g which is placed on the user’s head.
The sensor is capable of reading the brain signals associated with handwriting and translating them into text on a screen at a rate of 90 characters per minute.
This smashed the earlier record of 40 characters per minute achieved with a different method where people think about the motions used to type on a keyboard.
— BrainGate Team (@BrainGateTeam) April 2, 2021
Dr Leigh Hochberg, who led the BrainGate clinical trial, told the publication:
‘An important mission of our BrainGate consortium research is to restore rapid, intuitive communication for people with severe speech or motor impairments… [the] demonstration of fast, accurate neural decoding of handwriting marks an exciting new chapter in the development of clinically useful neural technologies.’