Open Questions: Bionics
Sites with general resources
- A "portal for brain-computer interfaces". It describes itself
like so: "BCI-info is an open international platform for
Brain-Computer Interface research intended to provide
information for scientists, patients, students, the media,
and people from the general public interested in BCI technology."
Site features include
research information, and
news about BCI.
Center for Neural Interfaces
- Research group working on multichannel interfaces to the
Intraocular Retinal Prosthesis Group
- Research group at Johns Hopkins University.
The Retinal Implant Project
- Research project at MIT.
Group of BioMedical Physics and Ophthalmic Technologies
- Research group at Stanford University that is developing a
The Southampton Brain-Computer Interface Research
- Research group at Southampton University (UK). The site
includes information on publications, research themes, and
Surveys, overviews, tutorials
- Article from
Vision of beauty
- May 2011 article from
"As sensors in digital cameras fast approach the 127 megapixels
of the human eye, clinical trials are under way to implant
this technology directly into the retina. But Richard Taylor
cautions that such devices must be adapted for humans, because
of the special nature by which we see."
- August 2009 article. "A bionic eye, a new heart grown in
the lab, spinal implants that will help quadriplegics walk
again... Will we soon be able to replace any body part at will?"
Of cells and wires
- January 2009 article from The Scientist, subtitled
"The first step to computer augmentation and neuroprosthetics
lies in the connection between nerve cell and metal. How are"
scientists bridging the gap?
Putting Thoughts into Action: Implants Tap the Thinking Brain
- November 2008 Scientific American Mind article.
"Researchers are decoding the brain to give a voice and a hand
to the paralyzed - and to learn how it controls our movements."
In the 70s he was a TV fantasy. Now the bionic man is
real - and he even plays sax
- April 2006 article from
Monkey See, Robot Do
- November 2000 Scientific American news article about
an interface that allows monkeys to control a robot arm with
The Coming Merging of Mind and Machine
- September 1999 article from a special issue of Scientific
American by Ray Kurzweil. A summary presentation of the
author's somewhat futuristic vision of the future evolution of
Science News, July 2, 2011
- Linking brain and computer may soon lead to practical
prosthetics for daily life.
Of Cells and Wires
The Scientist, January 2009
- The first step to computer augmentation and neuroprosthetics
lies in the connection between nerve cell and metal. How are
scientists bridging the gap?
Jacking into the Brain--Is the Brain the Ultimate Computer
Scientific American, November 2008
Controlling Robots with the Mind
Miguel A. L. Nicolelis; John K. Chapin
Scientific American, October 2002,
- Artificial Sight
Discover, August 2001, pp. 50-55
- The technology of cochlear implants had made it possible for
victims of some kinds of deafness to "hear" to a limited extent.
So it seems natural to investigate whether a similar approach
can provide at least a limited sort of vision for blind people.
- Mind Over Muscles
Victor D. Chase
Technology Review, March/April 2000, pp. 38-45
- The combination of two bionic technologies is showing
results in restoring some function to victims of paralysis.
The technologies are functional electrical stimulation, which
allow electrical signals to control muscles, and brain-computer
interfacing, which interprets a patient's intentions from EEG
monitoring of brain waves.
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