#Neurology + #Technology = Think and type.

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This news might sound like science-fiction, but scientists at Universiteit Maastricht’s Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience Department of Neurocognition have reached another milestone in neo-tech detection.

They’ve discovered how humans can simply think and type on a machine.

The technology being used is fMRi (as previously covered here) which seems to be operational and requires a trial test of 30 minutes per patient (so that the system can learn on an individual basis). On top of all this, the aim is to target people ranging from those under coma to ‘normal’ folks in general.

The process is ‘mildly’ complex in the back-end, but simple for end-users. Place a patient in a MRi machine with fMRi detection capability. A monitor displays alphabets/letters infront of the patient. While an alphabet is displayed on a screen, fMRi detects blood flow in the brain – the blood flow occurs due to our minds generating ‘mental images’ of something relevant to the alphabet. The blood flow then is tied with the corresponding letters using complicated computer algorithms, and gets stored in memory.

The key here is the how fMRi and the scientific/computer algorithm work together. Each thought and flow is thoroughly analyzed then categorized in an instant — all developed by the researchers themselves. After 30 minutes, patients can simply start typing things up naturally.

The drawbacks? Well it’s not like someone can carry an entire fMRi machine along with them – its not portable. And its not as fast as typing with our bare hands, but I mean just think about it. Seriously, think about you thinking about a letter and it gets typed infront of your screen. How COOL is that?!!!!!!!!!!! Imagination gone wild.

Source: Gizmodo
Research: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-06/cp-wms062212.php

Universiteit Maastricht’s Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience Department of Neurocognition