Mental Typewriter? Really?

No kidding, this brain-to-computer interface will be shown at CeBIT this week, and it uses 128 electrodes placed on the scalp to translate thoughts into cursor movements on a computer screen. The project is being run by the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Architecture and Software Technology in Berlin.

The concept is still in its infancy, as evidenced by the five to 10 minutes it takes just to write a typical sentence. It's also difficult to place those electrodes on the skull—it reportedly takes an hour to place all 128 in just the right spot. But the scientists are working on that, too, where they re developing a contactless cap it will take the place of all those cumbersome electrodes.

The software learns along with its user, letting disabled people think their thoughts onto a computer screen, seemingly through telepathy. Sounds like a first step on the way to Ray Kurzweil's Singularity.

Brain-controlled device could help the disabled [Mail & Guardian]