Students develop mind control of computer

April 18, 2011 at 5:39 PM

BEERSHEBA, Israel, April 18 (UPI) -- Students at an Israeli university say new technology could enable people to operate a computer without using a keyboard or mouse, only their brainwaves.

Software engineering students at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed a system featuring a helmet with 14 electroencephalography connect points that can sense brain activity, a BGU release said Monday.

Previous attempts to develop devices to read brainwaves and operate specific programs were cumbersome and not workable outside of a laboratory setting, the release said.

In a recent demonstration, a student composed and sent a hands-free e-mail using only thought combined with the adaptive hardware.

"The technology is designed to assist those who are physically disabled who might otherwise be unable to manipulate a computer mouse or keyboard," BGU professor Rami Puzis, one of the faculty members supervising the students, said.

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