Using the brain to control a computer

As always science fiction edges towards science fact. The Royal National Hospital for Neurodisability is a world leader in treating patients with severe brain injuries.  It has teamed up with Plymouth University who are developing a brain-computer musical interface (BCMI) and the result is the Paramusical Ensemble, a group of musicians who cannot play instruments by conventional means but who do so by sending signals from their brains to a computer, via electrodes placed on the scalp.  This is the BBC’s report, including a video of a performance.

It is also worth looking at the RHN’s own press release on this ground-breaking piece of work.

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