iBrain is the brainchild of Dr. Philip Low, CEO of Neurovigil, Inc. The New York Times published an article about this portable EEG device that can record electric signals in the brain. The device uses algorithms developed by Dr. Low, to decode messages sent from the brain. iBrain is capable of reading brain signals without the requirement of any movement or speech.
The compelling part of iBrain is that it is being tested on Stephen Hawking, world’s most famous theory physicist.
Dr. Low is quoted on Times,
The iBrain can collect data in real time in a person’s own bed or when they’re watching TV, or doing just about anything.
Stephen Hawking suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease. iBrain resembles a head band or a skull cap and was placed on Hawking’s head for testing. The small device was able to read Hawking’s electrical brain signals. Low believes that Hawking would be able to create repeatable electrical patterns in his mind with the help of Low’s algorithms, which can then be translated into commands and words.
iBrain is cutting edge invention, no doubt. The device was developed specifically to help patients with neurodegenerative conditions and physicians make medical diagnoses. The device may soon find use in diseases that affect the Central Nervous Systems like Parkinson’s’, Schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s claim Neurovigil.
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