If you are sure that only heroes of science fiction movies are able to move objects by the power of thought, it is time to get rid of this illusion. Very recently scientists of the ATR company in the Japanese city of Kyoto invented a sophisticated device that allows to influence objects with the mind at a distance.
According to the ATR, the production of this device called Network Brain Machine Interface is expected to start by 2020. This is a kind of head cover, equipped with sensitive cables which record the smallest variations in the circulatory system and react to stimuli in the brain.
Yukiyasou Kamitani of ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories is convinced that the invention will help make life easier for many elderly people living alone and people with limited motor capabilities:
“As demonstrated by the experiments, it is enough that a person simply replicates in his mind the movements he does with his right or left hand in order to turn the thought into real actions. In this way participants of the experiment managed to turn on and off the TV and the light in the room with the help of their imagination, but also made a wheelchair move in the desired direction.”
The mechanism of the Network Brain Machine is simple and complicated simultaneously. Information on the brain impulses is recorded by the device, mounted in the head lining. Then it is directed to a database, and there comes a command to move one or another object in space, which is also equipped with a recording device.
The problem is that the system has to adapt to the needs of each individual patient so as to minimize the percentage of commands that could be understood in a wrong way.
For the conversion of thought into action now it is required 6 to 12 seconds on average. However, the device designers calculate to reduce this speed by one second within the next three years.
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