• Humans can now move complex robot arms just by thinking

    Humans can now move complex robot arms just by thinking

    Most robotic arm systems required a very complex and very invasive brain implant… until now. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new system that requires only a sexy helmet and a bit of thinking, paving the way to truly mind-controlled robotic tools. “This is the first time in the world that people can operate a robotic arm to reach and grasp objects in a… Read More

  • Researchers use machine learning to pull interest signals from readers’ brain waves

    Researchers use machine learning to pull interest signals from readers’ brain waves

    How will people sift and navigate information intelligently in the future, when there’s even more data being pushed at them? Information overload is a problem we struggle with now, so the need for better ways to filter and triage digital content is only going to step up as the MBs keep piling up. Read More

  • Bryan Johnson invests $100 million in Kernel to unlock the power of the human brain

    Bryan Johnson invests $100 million in Kernel to unlock the power of the human brain

    Earlier this year, former Braintree founder Bryan Johnson publicly announced his plans to forge Kernel, a company with the sole purpose of building hardware and software to augment human intelligence. Today, Johnson is investing $100 million of his own money into the concept, looking to rapidly double the size of his team, shore up a portfolio of intellectual property and prepare for animal… Read More

  • Meet Brain, The AI Engine That Wants To Replace Search

    Meet Brain, The AI Engine That Wants To Replace Search

    Fifteen miles away from where Larry Page and Sergey Brin worked out of their first office developing the technology that would become Google, a team of eleven engineers no older than 20 are hard at work on developing what they hope will be its replacement. Their adoptive home, for the moment, is the co-working space Tim Draper set up as part of his Draper University startup program… Read More

  • Thync Has Raised $13M To Change Your Mood With Ultrasound Waves (And Electricity)

    Thync Has Raised $13M To Change Your Mood With Ultrasound Waves (And Electricity)

    Thync is a startup looking to give consumers another avenue to change their mental state, one which doesn’t involve significantly altering your daily habits or metabolizing substances which may or may not have negative side effects. Read More

  • Scientists Are Preparing To Pull The Words Out Of Your Brain

    Get out the tinfoil hats boys, paranoia just got real. A recent article published in the “Journal Of Neural Engineering” revealed how scientists connected 16 microelectrodes to two different parts of a patients brain, allowing them to determine what word the person was thinking. The technology is being developed to help people that are paralyzed and unable to speak, and while… Read More

  • Brains, brains, scanning brains

    Researchers would be wasting their time, and their patrons’ money, scanning my brain. They’d quickly find nothing but World of Warcraft Auction House strategies and an incredible amount of space devoted to translation Marca, A Bola, La Gazzetta Dello Sport, and France Football every morning. Maybe if they’d scan, say, the brains of Fez Whatley or Vince McMahon, then… Read More

  • Hitachi's develops brain signal-powered remote control

    We all knew this would come one day, especially since the basic technology has been around for some time, and now we have it: A brain activity-powered remote control that can be used without you having to lift a finger. The Hitachi device is unfortunately a prototype, but at least they’re planning to commercialize it within three to four years. The technology is being developed not for… Read More

  • New brain machine lets you play pinball by thoughts alone

    It’s one thing to develop an interface that lets you control slow-moving robots with your thoughts alone, but it’s quite another to let you play pinball that way. But a machine built by researchers at prestigious Technische Universität Berlin in Germany makes just that possible. Read More

  • T-minus “several months” for brainwave games

    Can’t wait to play video games with your braaaaain? Well in “several months” you should be able to purchase the Emotiv EPOC. We’ve been keeping tabs on the progress of this gadget and we’re excited. I dunno how well the tech will work on a massive scale – what with everybody having different brains and all – but the demo at IDF was pretty cool. Read More

  • This robot has a rat brain

    Scientists in the UK (well, Reading) have developed a robot that has an actual brain. Like, the brain is made out of rat neurons. So already this robot is smarter than Biggs. The scientists, from the University of Reading, put together the robot so they can better study “how memories are actually stored in a biological brain.” That it may help them study diseases like… Read More

  • Brain pacemaker could keep us all happy

    A small device, implanted in the chest, can potentially treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder in most patients. The device, produced by Medtronic, prevents recurring feelings of depression or obsession by shocking the brain consistently. Seventeen patients, diagnosed as having major depressive disorder, were followed for a year and demonstrated overall improvement in mood as well… Read More

  • I-Doser: How does this thing work? I want to float!

    On yesterday, a freeleech torrent was uploaded containing a bunch of I-Doser FLACs. Now, call me ignorant or whatever, but how do I get these things to work reliably? I tried following the directions as best as I could—turn the lights out, relax, have a good pair of headphones, etc.—but I simply couldn’t get anything to happen. I tried the Lucid Dream and Hand of God… Read More

  • Happy Neuron Keeps The Noggin Free Of Cobwebs

    Getting old sucks, doesn’t it? One of the downfalls is that your brain isn’t quite as sharp as it was five, 10 or 25 years ago. It’s important to exercise the brain to try and combat the effects of old age and hopefully deter diseases linked to growing older such as Alzheimer’s. This is where Happy Neuron’s 25 brain fitness games can keep the five major… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Argh My Head

    Well Friday wasn’t the busiest of news days, but quality over quantity right? These are some of the biggest stories from the day that was yesterday. For now I’m gonna go try to work off this hangover.
    TiVo Slaps EchoStar, Its Customers Apple’s New Xserve
    Marriott Hotels Ready Wireless Check-In Lion’s Gate Movies Coming to iTunes Brain XP Read More

  • Brain XP

    Livescience reports that the brain, when waking, will boot up like a computer. Nitric oxide seems to be the “on” switch of the brain, as when the person wakes it triggers certain functions that will set the scene for increasingly complex activities—such as going to the bathroom. Scientists have found that the thalamus might not be the primitive structure they had… Read More