Reading minds may no longer be limited to fiction and fantasy. A new device called the "iBrain" claims to be able to read brain waves. It has been tested by British Physicist Stephen Hawking, who suffers from ALS, which has left him paralyzed with some communication using a speech generating device.
iBrain creates records of brain waves without the clutter of wires. Researchers say using that, they've been able to recognize when hawking intends to do something. Dr. Philip Low, Neurovigil Founder, said, "The idea is to take that intent, connect that to machines that will speak for him or move for him."
Some researchers are already using the iBrain to study children with autism to help understand more about their brain function. Drug companies are using it to see if their products are having a desired effect on patients. The hope is that someday as the device is improved; it could mean a better life for patients with debilitating illnesses like Lou Gehrig's disease.
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