Evolution of Neural Interfaces

ITS 499 Capstone Project, Spring 2016

Jennifer Turner

Dr. Shin-Ping Tucker

The Ultimate Goal:

Create a LINK between the nervous system and the outside world through stimulation or recording from neural tissue to treat or assist people with sensory, motor, or other disabilities of neural function.

Background:

Neural Interface Systems field is broad and has the possibility to include any form of connection between the brain and the outside world beyond natural interfaces that are provided by sensory and motor systems. Nerural Interface, Neural Implant, or Neural Lace are other names that the Neural Interfaces are called. the idea behind this technology is providing humans with the ability to hook their brains directly into the internet. The giant leap into the realm of wetware recently became possible after a bionic eye got the approval of the FDA. Neural Interfaces involves the brain wave mapping, which refers to the process of controlling remote robotics directly from neural impulses.

Scientificly the orgins of Neural Interface goes back to at least the emergence of behavioral neuro-physiology research in the 1960's.

 

Present:

Today Neural Interfaces is used in all sorts of scenarios. For now they are a thing of the future but the prospect is becoming more developed and realistic. Neural Interfaces are being used in video games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Halo. In Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 the Neural Interface is called DNI which stands for Direct Neural Interface. In Halo it acts as an indicator for the friend or foe identification.

Researchers have figured out how to target specific neural activity aiding in the development of devices that can repair or assist users' sensory motor skills. Now people with physical, auditory and visual handicaps can get impants that interact with their surroundings, granting them greater independence than ever before. For disabled learners this innovation can be the difference between having to study in a special environment or being able to attend any school of their choice despite major disabilities. This technological advance also points to the large-scale possibilities of neural interfaces to help people overcome learning difficulties like attention deficit disorder.