Before Stephen Hawking settled on the Intel setup he primarily used to communicate, he tested several EEG-based caps. But because of his age and the severity of his condition, the caps couldn’t get a strong enough brain signal to function properly.
Studies suggest that EEG technologies have the potential to help thousands of other disabled people, though. Every year, roughly half a million people across the globe injure their spinal cord, according to the World Health Organization. The authors of a 2018 paper published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience called the use of EEGs for people with disabilities “a novel approach of the 21st century.”
“Development of a brain-computer interface technology that does not replace but complement[s] existing therapies is a…promising field,” the authors wrote.
But Gand envisions Nuro’s technology – which is essentially an operating system, or OS, that runs on brainwaves – extending far beyond a hospital, to people’s homes and even cars. That’s something automakers are interested in. In January, the Nissan revealed it was working on helping drivers avoid crashes using EEG data.
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