Just when you think technology can’t get better than the new iPhone, scientists surprise you again.
UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco neuroscientists and engineers have teamed up to develop an apparatus that would allow those afflicted with stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and Lou Gehrig’s disease to control prosthetics using only their thoughts. That’s right: Mind control.
The devices currently being created at the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses consist of electrodes and circuitry that encode thoughts for movement. The electrodes are put into healthy neural circuits and then pick up the brain’s signals, decode them and send them to the neural prostheses.
Hopefully Professor Xavier isn’t scared of a little competition.