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The brain implant with which you can send WhatsApp messages with your mind

With the mind, people could write messages wirelessly on their cell phones.

A project in USA is developing a technology that will allow writing and sending text messages with the mind, thanks to an implant in the brain that analyzes the waves and transforms them into actions.

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Those responsible for this idea are synchroa company based in New Yorkand its translation device is called Stentrodewhich has so far been tested on commands recognized by a iPhone.

Messages written from the brain

The process to achieve this writing method is based on the installation of a device in the upper part of the cerebral cortex through the blood vessels, in this way the implant uses sensors to record the activity of the brain and send the signals to a node placed in the patient’s chest.

With the mind, people could write messages wirelessly on their cell phones.
With the mind, people could write messages wirelessly on their cell phones.
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The next step is for the node to transmit the information to a receiver called an axon, which will then process and translate the signals into commands recognized by the phone.

The researchers clarify that the Stentrode It cannot interpret complex brain waves, but it is enough for people to write and send messages through applications such as WhatsApp.

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The design of the device is a mesh, which has the length of a triple AAA battery, approximately four or five centimeters, and to place it on the patient’s head, surgery is required in the cerebral cortex and it will extend through the blood vessels to allow blood flow.

The choice of this area of ​​the brain is because it is responsible for the control, execution and planning of voluntary movements. This allows that, even if a person is still, the implant detects waves and sends them to the node to transform them into movements.

In the middle of the process there is a software with artificial intelligence, which has machine learning to carry out the reception and translation of the actions.

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With the mind, people could write messages wirelessly on their cell phones.
With the mind, people could write messages wirelessly on their cell phones.

The company has already implanted the device in four people and they gave the example of Rodney Gorhama retired software salesman with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, who can send one-word messages to other people via an iPad.

To spread this idea, the startup is working closely with Manzana In order to have a better integration and reduce latency in the process, however, it will be difficult to avoid surgery to have the implant, which is also permanent.

Device that can help treat Parkinson’s

In the world there are about 10 million people with this disease, usually the motor skills and cognitive functions of these patients are evaluated through medical visits.

This situation can skew the information due to the exhaustion it represents, since some get tired just by traveling from home to the hospital or on the way to the doctor’s office.

For this reason, a team from MIT proposed a device that collects data using radio signals that reflect off a patient’s body as they move around their home.

This device is similar to a router of Wi-Fi, so it is operating around the clock, adding an algorithm to detect the signals generated by other people in that room when they move.

The results showed that it is much more effective to collect data in this way to track the progression and severity of the disease, as was the case with the dozen people with Parkinson’s who participated in the study.

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