Japan Developing Brain-controlled Gadgets

TOKYO, April 23 (UPI) — Japanese officials said thought-controlled electronic devices developed with companies and research institutes could hit the market within a decade.

Tomoo Yamauchi, director of the Research and Development Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, said a consortium of government scientists, companies and research institutes is working to adapt advanced versions of existing brain-machine interface technology for use in televisions, cellphones and other gadgets, Britain’s The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

“We already have BMI machines through which an operator can make a robot carry out an action, such as moving an arm or lifting a leg,” Yamauchi said. “We also have the technology for a person to think of a number and that number be recorded by the machine.”

“The challenge now is to simplify the existing systems and make the equipment smaller before it can be made commercially available,” he said.

Yamauchi said thought-controlled electronics could be commercially available in about a decade.

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