Telepathic typing renews hope in paralyzed people

Feb 22, 2017, 4:53 AM EST
(Source: Tod Baker/flickr)
(Source: Tod Baker/flickr)

The researchers at the Stanford University have engineered a brain-computer interface that lets paralyzed people type words on a computer screen with just the power of their mind. The technology requires absolutely no physical input for typing and can be easily ported across a variety of computing systems including desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The experiment, which involved surgical implantation of a small electrode array onto the brain surface of a patient, is being hailed as a major milestone towards improving the quality of life for people with paralysis, writes Seeker.

Nicho Hatsopoulos at the University of Chicago in Illinois was all praise for the accuracy and speed of typing that can be achieved with the new mind-reading device, notes New Scientist. For now the implant awaits further development and trials, and would be available commercially only after the scientists address concerns regarding invasiveness and safety.