At the University of Utah, researchers took a step closer to being able to translate your thoughts. Creepy as that may sound initially, the idea is actually to help paralyzed people communicate their needs more easily by creating an implantable a device that translates brain signals into spoken words.
According to a press release from the university, the researchers used an implant of 16 micro-electrodes arranged in a grid. The release notes that the micro-electrodes sit under the skull but float on top of the brain “without poking into it,” so they are safe to use over the parts of the brain responsible for speech. The study was performed on epilepsy patients who already had their craniums temporarily detached for surgery. Read more