Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) translate brain activity into commands that can control technology. There are several different types of BCIs. Our program primarily uses motor imagery to create a command. The first step to using this type of BCI is to train a computer to distinguish between a “command thought” from a neutral or “quiet” mind. Examples of command thoughts include thinking about jumping, swimming or moving in a wheelchair. Once the computer recognizes the pattern of the command thought, that thought can activate a computer command or an external device (like a bubble machine or a remote control car.) This technology is non-invasive and safe. It doesn’t send out any signals to the brain and it definitely can’t hear your thoughts!
For more information about BCIs, check out this video created by our BCI-CAN colleagues in Calgary:
Susannah Van Damme, OT Reg.(Ont.)
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