Technology

Βrain remote control for people with paralysis

This is Samsung’s ultimate goal of developing a system that will allow viewers to manipulate ‘smart’ TV with their brains, changing channels or sound levels.

First of all, the brain remote-control is intended for people with severe motor problems, such as the quadriplegic, who should wear a neuro-prosthetic “headband” with 64 electronic sensors and an eye-catcher. The headband is connected to a computer and to the television.

The system, using a brain-to-computer interface to convert, with the help of Artificial Intelligence software, user’s thoughts into electronic commands to television is being developed within the framework of the Pontis Program, in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Federal Polytechnic Neuroprotection Center School of Lausanne (EPFL).

Researchers who presented a prototype of the system at a conference in San Francisco (Samsung Developers Conference), according to the British “Denili Mille” and CNET, are now taking samples of brain waves from people to gather more data , as to how the mind behaves when it wants to interact with television.

“Our goal is to provide access to television to people who can not move at all or have very serious limitations on their movements,” said lead researcher Ricardo Chavariqa of EPFL. At some point, perhaps in 2019, the new system will be tested in Swiss hospitals.

Of course, it is obvious that the average user who has no mobility problems will prefer to look for the remote control instead of wearing a “helmet” (after having put the necessary gel on his head for the electronic sensors to work properly …)

But several research teams around the world are already working on even more sophisticated brain-machine interfaces that will make helmets unnecessary. Such an initiative is being developed by Trusa’s Ilon Mask and Space X Neuralink.

This technology is still in its first steps, but it can one day replace keyboards, touch screens and voice digital assistants, since it is not impossible for all devices to be controlled by thinking.