Instead of a mouse and a keyboard … a technology that allows the computer to be used by the brain


A joint Australian research team from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Florey Institute of Neuroscience, and Synchron for Neurovascular Biomedicine have created a technology that allows its user to use a computer with his brain.

According to the Financial Review, an economic news site, the research team has designed a small wireless bluetooth stent with small electrodes, which are implanted through a blood vessel and sent to the responsible part of the the brain About movement (motor cortex) without open brain surgery.

Over time, the stent is absorbed naturally into the walls of the blood vessels, just as the skin absorbs a tattoo.

The technology allows its user to perform the function of a mouse and keyboard, through his brain, to navigate the cursor of a computer, and to carry out daily tasks such as sending e-mails, conducting banking transactions and shopping online, as this is done by tracking the movement of his vision with the power of his direct thinking.

The technology works by communicating between the computer and the brain, by sending electrical signals from the brain to a removable internal antenna system, which is installed directly under the skin in the chest area, which in turn feeds these signals to the computer to carry out the tasks.

The technique takes a while to perfect its use, while it takes up to two hours to implant it, using Neuro-Interventional Radiology.

And it was implanted successfully on two men afflicted with motor neuron disease, as they could not move their arms, and they succeeded in controlling their computers using their brains and bluetooth technology, while they were at home and without supervision.


For his part, the lead investigator in the experiment, Professor Peter Mitchell, said: “In each operation for implantation of the stent for both men, there were differences according to the analysis of the anatomy of each of them, but in both cases the two patients were able to leave the hospital after a few days.”

The researchers published the results of their experiment in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, in which they described the technology as “a bluetooth out of the brain”.

The Australian researchers’ technology advances the American neurotechnology company, Neuralink, which was founded by Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX for space exploration technologies, where she recently implanted a small electronic chip in a pig’s brain, describing it as a “Fitbit wearable device in the skull”.

The new technology differs from the infrared light technology, which read muscle spasms in the cheek of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking, and transmitted them as individual signals to a computer, choosing one letter at a time to translate the signals, while the new technology can send a large number of signals.


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