Brain Machine Interface

Future of brain, mind, neuroscience technology

Brain machine interfaces (BMIs), allow for activity in the brain to be sent to, or received from, a computer.

Some BMIs use sensors mounted in a removable cap or MRI technology to read signals from the brain. Others connect directly to the surface of the brain, through tiny wires and an array of nano-electrodes. BMIs can also be entirely implanted in the brain.

Brain interfaces are currently assisting paralyzed patients communicate, control robotic arms, computers and other devices.

bmi trial patient

In the future, BMIs could provide a path to brain enhancement and memory.

Image courtesy of Dr. Jonathan Wolpaw, Wadsworth Center, Albany, New York

 

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