October 28, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Forget touchscreens, the iPhones and iPads of the future might be controlled by something even more impressive: the human mind.
Scientists have discovered that it is possible to manipulate complex visual images on a computer screen using only a handful of brain cells.
The study, published in Nature, found that when volunteers had their brains connected to a computer displaying two merged images, they could force the computer to display one of the images and discard the other.
The signals transmitted from each subject’s brain to the computer were derived from just a small number of brain cells.