Brain-Computer Interfaces Are Already Here

For the first 54 years of his life, Dennis DeGray was an active guy. In 2007 he was living in Pacific Grove, Calif., not far from the ocean and working at a beachside restaurant. He surfed most mornings. Then, while taking out the trash one rainy night, he slipped, fell, and hit his chin on the pavement, snapping his neck between the second and third vertebrae.

Bio-Compatible, Flexible, Aqueous, Salt-Powered Batteries for Implantable Devices |

Implantable medical devices powered by batteries only exist in a few spheres of clinical practice. It is partly because most batteries are made of nasty things that have to be safely contained inside a strong metal case, making impractical a lot of what is actually possible.

Eye Controlled Robot Lets Woman with MS Play Chess with Real Pieces

ABB Group, a large Swedish-Swiss firm specializing in industrial robotics, and Irisbond, a company developing eye tracking software from the Basque region of Spain, have teamed up to create, as a conceptual demonstration, an eye controlled robotic hand that helps paralyzed people play chess.

Manual Standing Wheelchair Lets Users Control It Whether Sitting or Upright

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab has developed a new wheelchair that allows its users to switch between a sitting and standing positions while retaining the ability to move and steer the chair in any direction. The fully mechanical device uses bicycle chains to transfer power from a tank tread-like push bars to either the wheels or the system that lifts its user.

Smart Exoskeleton Prevents Elderly Falls – Robotics Trends

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 424,000 people across the world die each year from falls. A total of 37.3 million falls are severe enough to require medical attention. Of course, adults older than 65 suffer the greatest number of fatal falls.

Elon Musk Isn’t the Only One Trying to Computerize Your Brain | WIRED

ELON MUSK WANTS to merge the computer with the human brain, build a “neural lace,” create a “direct cortical interface,” whatever that might look like. In recent months, the founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI has repeatedly hinted at these ambitions

The novelist who inspired Elon Musk | 1843

Elon Musk, the world’s most restless entrepreneur, has embarked on yet another venture. Not satisfied with reusable rockets, electric cars, giant batteries, vacuum trains and underground roads, his latest firm, Neuralink, hopes one day to build a working brain-machine interface (BMI), which would let its user control computers simply by thinking.

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