Professor Stephen Hawking Testing a Device That Can Read Your Thoughts

Stephen-HawkingA head mounted device that can read your thoughts. Yes, it sounds like a plot of a sci-fi movie. But California based company called Neurovigil, seems to have cracked that science fiction nut, but making it a reality.

Professor Stephen Hawking who has been pushing the project is now in between the testing phase. The world-renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has been suffering from a paralytic condition called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease in which a person is unable to communicate by speaking.

The device called, iBrain is just a head mounted device which analysis signals send by neurons in the brain and processing that data via computer that could be understandable. If the scientists are able to achieve this goal, then it would prove to be a boon for people like Stephen Hawking who till date are dependent on a device which uses a infrared scanner to pick up tiny twitches in his check movements to communicate.

As the time passes by any the age of the professor increases, he is facing difficulties in using the device as his ability to use his check muscles in deteriorating. According to the professor, although this device is a bit slower that the current device used by him, it would prove to be a more practical solution to speech problems.

The device was initially designed to read and monitor brain patterns during sleep, but after looking at the third world applications that could be possible using it, the company diverted the focus to record the patterns and translate them to words or letters. There are other applications also that the device can incorporate like quick diagnosis of autism, depression, sleep apnea and other conditions affecting the brain.