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.