Paralyzed Man Speaks Again Using Brain Implant

A man suffering from "locked in" syndrome, where a fully-conscious person is completely paralyzed except for some eyelid movements, is speaking again using a computer. Doctors report in Nature » 11/21/08 3:53pm 11/21/08 3:53pm today that he's using a brain implant to control speech synthesizing software with his mind. Though it is often difficult to…

Prosthetic Speech Implant Turns Your Thoughts to Words

Imagine waking up one morning and being unable to speak. Your mind still churns away, trying to form words, but no sounds will come out. It's like the bleak ending of Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream only, you know, real. This is a fact of life for many people with varying levels of paralysis, who… » 7/03/08 9:32am 7/03/08 9:32am

Your Consciousness Is Ten Seconds Behind the Present

The time it takes for sensory input to travel along nerves and get processed by the brains means we're always living in the past. Okay, no problem — we can live with a few lost milliseconds. But ten seconds? A new study shows that once our brains make a decision (like "push this button") it takes that long for our… » 4/14/08 1:40pm 4/14/08 1:40pm

Ultrathin, Rubbery Circuits Bring Us One Step Closer to Google Brain…

A new kind of computer circuit printed on ultrathin rubber would make the perfect "brain wrapper," says its inventor. Usually computer circuits are etched on rigid, plastic boards, but University of Illinois researcher John Rogers has successfully placed circuits on a rubbery material that can bend and stretch. Many… » 3/27/08 5:00pm 3/27/08 5:00pm