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New minuscule electrodes could lead to prosthetics that connect directly to the brain

Posted in Science on 12th Nov, 2012 07:20 PM by AlexMuller

A new, tiny electrode in development could make it easier for computers to interface directly with our brains. Described as a "stealthy neural interface," the set-up involves a microthread electrode — just seven microns in diameter — that researchers claim is 10 times smaller than its closest competition. The device's small size makes it less obtrusive, potentially making it able to stick around in the brain for lengthy periods of time. The thread itself is made of carbon fiber, making it highly conductive, and features a plastic coating so that it can ignore signals from most neurons, and focus on just one. Meanwhile, a conductive gel pad helps make the membrane-to-electrode signal even clearer.


Recent tests at the University of Michigan saw the electrodes used on rats, where they were able to accurately detect electrical signals coming from a single neuron — which could be incredibly useful for future mind-controlled prosthetics, or maybe even a few rounds of mind-controlled Pong. The technology is still in development, and the team says that it's not quite ready for clinical trials, but according to professor Daryl Kipke, we could see see prosthetic devices that connect directly to our brains within the next 10 years.

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Posted: 2012-12-13
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canarchaudry / Thank you for the vlog David. Haha!!..Call me weird but I just loove watching your reoaitcn to all the background noise with the yard workers. goes to show how sensitive your hearing is to sounds around you which I think is cool:) No need to be sorry thou,I'm sure everyone is used to all kinds of outside's is almost a part of our daily life we forget it is there, the noise, that is lol..Glad to hear your sleep pattern is back to normal,it sure mess up our sense of time when we experience timezone change..Oh yeah, it is a wonderful life behind you lol. Invisible Children great to hear your update on this important cause. You have been an inspiration to many to do something good to others in need. it really is opportunity for everyone to make a difference to other people's life no matter how small it is. Thank you for being who you are David. you bring light and hope wherever you go, I know God will always guide you in your life journey and I am sure everyone will wholeheartedly support any charities close to your heart.Gosh!..your laugh is so contageous lol. anyway, I better stop ramblin now:)love the weekly vlog update..Phil's BBQ sounds yumm!..would be nice to know what gospel song you did haha looking forward to Pandora on NBC on Nov 27th. and last but not least, finally going to see your christmas show in New York!!:))K, getting ready to work tonight hope interviews went well today. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family David TC and goodnight for now:):):)> Reply


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