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Friday, June 7, 2019

The "world's first" mind-reading chip

CHINESE  have developed the "world's first" mind-reading chip that they claim enables people to control computers using just brain signals. Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are devices that have been designed to create simple communication between the human brain and computers.

A collaboration between Tianjin University and the state-owned China Electronics Corporation led to the recent unveiling of “Brain Talker,” a computer chip designed specifically for use in BCIs.

“The signals transmitted and processed by the brain are submerged in the background noise,” Tianjin University researcher Ming Dong said in a press release. “This BC3 [Brain-Computer Codec Chip] has the ability to discriminate minor neural electrical signals and decode their information efficiently, which can greatly enhance the speed and accuracy of brain-computer interfaces.”

Ming believes the chip could help bring BCIs out of labs and into the mainstream.
 "The Brain Talker chip advances BCI technology allowing it to become more portable, wearable, and accessible to the general public."

In future, this technology could be used for a variety of purposes, such as imparting education to disabled people, gaming, or creating medical devices for people that have problems with body movements, for example, those suffering from motor neurone disease.
The researchers have not yet revealed whether Brain Talker will be worn outside the body or embedded in the user's brain.

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