Sep 15, 2016

Brain-sensing tech helps people with movement disorders communicate via text

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New Stanford tech enables typing directly from brain signals.

How many monkeys does it take to type a passage of Shakespeare? One monkey, equipped with brain-sensing technology.

Developed by scientists at Stanford University, the technology can directly read brain signals to drive a cursor moving over a keyboard. In an experiment with monkeys, the primates were able to transcribe passages from Hamlet and The New York Times at a rate of 12 words per minute. Earlier versions of the technology were successfully tested in people with paralysis, but the typing was slow and imprecise.

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