• June 19, 2021

Scientists Develop Brain-Computer That Can Turn ‘Mental Handwriting’ Into Text


=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === A new brain-computer interface (BCI) can turn ‘mental handwriting’ – the act of imagining yourself wiring on a piece of paper – into text on a screen in real time. The BrainGate implant system was developed by researchers at Brown University, Rhode Island.

The breakthrough system, developed by US researchers, uses a computer to decode attempted handwriting movements from signals in the brain. The signals are detected by tiny square electrode arrays that have been inserted into the brain.

In a clinical trial, a paralysed man used the BCI to write text on a computer screen just by thinking about the movements involved in handwriting.

Researchers say the system could allow people with paralysis who don’t have use of their hands or fingers to rapidly type messages. 

In a clinical trial, a paralysed man used the BCI to write text on a computer screen just by thinking about the movements involved in handwriting. 

The man was able to copy sentences and answer questions at a rate similar to that of someone his age typing on a smartphone. 


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