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Compass implant allows blind rat to ‘see’

By attaching a microstimulator and geomagnetic compass to the brains of blind rats, Japanese researchers have found that the animals can spontaneously learn to navigate through a...
Christina Tringides, a senior at MIT and member of the research team, holds a sample of the multifunction fiber produced using the group’s new methodology. Photo: Melanie Gonick/MIT

MIT’s multifunctional fiber implant could revolutionize neural prosthetics

Today’s cutting edge neural implants can passively read brain activity, actively stimulate or modulate neuronal firing, or precisely deliver drugs to a particular area when they are...

The first person with two mind-controlled prosthetic arms (VIDEO)

A Colorado man, Leslie Baugh, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, has become the first shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control a...

Monkeys drive wheelchairs via brain-computer interface

Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis recently presented his latest research on two rhesus monkeys that had electrodes implanted deep in their brains. The electrodes allowed the monkeys to steer...

Stanford researcher invents safe way to charge implants deep in the body (video)

A Stanford researcher has developed a method for wirelessly charging deeply-implanted micro-electronics in the body. The research could lead to increased use of implants, allowing physicians to treat...

Spinal stimulation helps four patients overcome paralysis

Four people with paraplegia are able to voluntarily move previously paralyzed muscles as a result of a novel therapy that involves electrical spinal stimulation. These patients are helping...

Monkeys in Nicolelis lab control both arms on a virtual avatar using just their...

The Nicolelis lab is turning science fiction into reality again by making it possible for two monkeys to control two virtual arms of a monkey avatar on a computer screen...
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BrainGate team wins $1 million B.R.A.I.N. prize at BrainTech Israel 2013

Presented by Israeli President Shimon Peres, the one million dollar B.R.A.I.N. Prize was awarded to The BrainGate team led by Dr. John Donoghue (Brown University) and Dr. Arto Nurmikko, in recognition...
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False memories implanted into mice, optogenetics sheds light on practical applications

Research journal Science has recently published the results from a study where false memories have been implanted into mice by scientists at the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit...
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Intelligent neural dust embedded in the brain could be the ultimate brain-computer interface

A recent theoretical paper has described a system concept termed ‘neural dust’- a miniaturized low power system to support brain–computer interfaces (BCI) and monitor the brain from inside....
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Scientists build a better electrode with carbon nanotubes

This image, taken with a scanning electron microscope, shows a new brain electrode that tapers to a point as thick as a single carbon nanotube. Credit: Inho...
BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACES JOURNAL

First official Brain-Computer Interface journal coming in January 2014

At last, there will be a printed journal where BCI researchers can submit their work to. It is called the Brain-Computer Interfaces published by Taylor & Francis, an...
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DARPA’s cutting edge prosthesis research results in new nerve and muscle interfaces (video)

Artist's concept of Leaded Implantable Myoelectric Sensors (LIMES) to be used as a novel peripheral-interface technology with targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR) Image credit: DARPA Last time we reported...
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Implanted EEG device predicts epilepsy seizures

According to a recent proof-of-concept study published in The Lancet Neurology, a small device implanted in the brain has accurately predicted for the first time the onset of...
‘Osseointegrated’ prosthetic arm controlled via direct nerve implants at Chalmers University of Technology

Osseointegrated prosthetic arm controlled via direct nerve implants

Earlier this year, the lab of Dr. Rickard Branemark at Sahlgrenska University Hospital was the first to permanently implant electrodes into the nerves and muscles of an...

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