Neuroscientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) have a powerful new state-of-the-art tool at their disposal to study diseases like Autism, Alzheimer’s, and traumatic brain injury. The Mobile Brain/Body Imaging system, or MoBI, combines virtual reality, brain monitoring, and Hollywood-inspired motion capture technology, enabling researchers to study the movement difficulties that often accompany neurological disorders and why our brains sometimes struggle while multitasking. Continue reading “Researchers develop system combining Virtual Reality, motion capture to study neurological disorders (video)”
Stanford engineers have created a plastic “skin” that can detect how hard it is being pressed and generate an electric signal to deliver this sensory input directly to a living brain cell.
Zhenan Bao, a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford, has spent a decade trying to develop a material that mimics skin’s ability to flex and heal, while also serving as the sensor net that sends touch, temperature and pain signals to the brain. Ultimately she wants to create a flexible electronic fabric embedded with sensors that could cover a prosthetic limb and replicate some of skin’s sensory functions. Continue reading “Stanford Engineers Create Plastic Skin-like Material that Can Send Pressure Sensation to Brain Cell (Video)”
A 26-year-old man who has been paralyzed for five years was able to walk on his own again. How? By using his brain waves to directly control the muscles in his legs. The patient was able to walk a distance of approximately 12-feet using only a harness to help support his weight. No exoskeleton or other assistive device was required for this ambulation, which was published recently in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. Continue reading “Paralyzed Man Walks Using Brain Waves to Directly Control the Muscles in his Legs”
PORTLAND, Ore.–Smart prosthetics that react to signals from the brain or stump of an amputee have been under development for many years. Unfortunately, it takes months for the patients to learn how to emit the right brain signals at the right time and place for even remedial control the artificial limb. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Smart Prosthetics that Learns Mind Reading (Video)”
This work presents an important step forward towards increasing the independence of people with severe motor disabilities, by using brain-computer interfaces (BCI) to harness the power of the Internet of Things. We demonstrate how the concept of shared control —which interprets the user’s commands in context— empowers users to perform rather complex tasks without a high workload. Continue reading ““Think to navigate: A BCI Telepresence Robot for People With Severe Motor Disabilities” – Robert Leeb, CNP-EPFL”
Neuroscience research has been constrained by the cables required to connect brain sensors to computers for analysis. In the journal Neuron, scientists in a collaboration led by Brown University describe a wireless brain-sensing system to acquire high-fidelity neural data during animal behavior experiments. Continue reading “Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables”