Tel Aviv University (TAU) scientists are developing a miniature electronic component that can read signals from nerve cells and transmit them to a computer. The researchers, led by TAU professor Yael Hanein, hope to develop a computer that can recognize different brain patterns for characterizing words, body movements, and other human brain functions.
The researchers are working to develop components that could be part of an artificial eye. "Here, the component has to perform the opposite task, one that is perhaps even more complicated—to read the situation in the outside world, and to transmit this to the nerve cells in a form they can understand," Hanein says.
The researchers are building their brain-computer interface using technologies from a variety of fields, including medicine, chemistry, biology, electrical engineering, and zoology. "Several paralyzed people already use this technology to communicate with the world," Hanein says. "They move the cursor very slowly, and there are still mistakes, but now the road doesn't seem so long."
From The Jerusalem Post
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