Will a day come when you can think cockroaches out of the kitchen and house?
According to Nidhi Subbaraman writing in the MIT Technology Review, “a community science group in Chile called Thinker Thing has used an EEG headset to move the leg of a cockroach. Among the mood-reading headbands and brain-controlled helicopterswe’ve encountered in this blog, EEG-controlled roach legs are up there among the wilder uses we’ve seen for this emerging brain-to-world technology.
Reuters visited Thinker Thing and interviewed Bryan Salt , the founder of the group, who described the setup. He used an EEG reader made by Emotiv to capture electrical signals from his brain. A software converted them into waveforms, certain frequencies of which were turned into electrical signals that got the roach leg kicking
This makes sense when you consider that muscles—yours, mine, and those of the cockroach—are controlled by tiny bursts of current supplied by nerves, guided by electrical directions from our brains.
An amputated lone leg of a roach can be enervated by any electrical ping, if it’s at the right frequency, which is why the leg does a jig on a corkboard, separate from the anesthetized roach to which it belonged.
Thinker Thing is also building software that observes and “learns” which kinds of electrical signals are related to what kinds of motion in the leg, to be able to better control the induced movement. Thinker Thing tried out the moving roach setup at Hack Day in late October.
They are now building a machine that will create real objects with your thoughts: to own one goto: http://idea.me/themonsterdreamer?siteLang=en_US#
On 14th September 2012 Thinker Thing, a small startup based in Santiago Chile, successfully linked a human brain to a cockroach leg, translating human brain patterns to wave forms that could control a biological limb.
Their Next project is even more ambitious a device that will allow children to create real objects with just the power of thought. Read more athttp://www.thinkerthing.com/blog
See the rest of the article and another video here: http://www.technologyreview.com/view/507756/human-brainwaves-move-a-cockroach-leg/
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