Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) allow severely disabled people to control wheelchairsrobotic arms, and of course computers. While much progress has been achieved toward improving the accuracy and precision of these devices, they have required long periods of tedious training for users to get acquainted with the technology. The computer has to be taught to understand each user’s unique electrical activity patterns that code for desired movement that the person wants to perform.

Now a team of researchers has come up with something incredible and unexpected – a way of “calibrating” a BCI so that a new user is able to start reliably using it in a matter of seconds. In a newly published study in Journal of Neural Engineering, a 63-year-old man was able to move a cursor on a screen towards targets less than a minute after calibration.

Read more: Brain-Computer Interface Lets Users Learn to Move Cursor in Seconds |

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Published by Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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Brain-Computer Interface Lets Users Learn to Move Cursor in Seconds

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