A neuroprosthetic, or neural prosthetic is a prosthetic device that attaches directly to either the central or peripheral nervous system. That is to say an external device that permanently or semi-permanently connects to the brain or nerves carrying signals to and from the brain.
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When it comes to advanced prosthetic limbs - or for that matter virtual limbs relying on the same basic principles, getting the control circuitry to function properly is crucial. One of the most important aspects of said control circuitry, is the neural coding that binds the limb to the nerve impulses of the surviving ends of the peripheral nervous system.
An excellent, easy-to-follow look at using neural networks to control the movement of AI vehicles (or dragons, or whatever). Includes careful break down of how neural networks work, and carries a gradual learning curve upwards.
Neural readers and neurostimulators. You will never encounter two more opposing types of brain prosthesis. It is ironic then, that these two are perhaps the most frequently confused, by the lay-person.
Japanese researchers have created the very first, incredibly crude, neural-jack interface, a distant ancestor of those seen in cyberpunk and the Matrix films, but of the same lineage all the same.
The difficulties of implanting a prosthesis deep into the body don't end when the prosthetic is in-place and working. You have to think about the systems that depended on the piece that was removed, to function properly. In the case of a prosthetic jaw, what do you do about the teeth?
A comparison. Two women, both with prosthetic limbs. On the left, a standard prosthetic. On the right, a haptic prosthetic giving touch feedback. Who can complete the task faster, and is there much difference?
An in-depth technical look at the neural-controlled weapon in Sol Bianca. How it would actually function, and the basics of how we would go about recreating it in functional form, from technology available today.
This lengthy article, compiled from a set of slides, gives an excellent overview of neural networks, without delving into too much depth. Excellent for an intro.
Neural networks are one of the best techniques available, for modelling a mind. However, they are also processing-intensive, and somewhat uncontrollable at their current technological level. This article concentrates on using directive sets, rather than neural nets, to create realistic, task driven behaviour.
AS 2007 draws to a close, this timeline chronicles some of the most landmark developments in prosthetic implants and prosthetic limb technology in 2007.
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Again and again, 71-year-old Marjorie Brasier walked on the treadmill using an instrumented prosthetic leg, and again and again she tripped or slipped. Sometimes she recovered on her own and kept walking, while at other times the harness sh...
Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they?ll try to take over your brain.
In the past year, researchers have developed technology that makes it possible to use thoughts to op...
A Tennessee, USA puppy is preparing for a double prosthetic leg operation. Putting artificial legs on a 9 week old Maltese has never been performed before, but it is hoped they will give her quality of life.
Whilst Hope has n...
Researchers say they're making progress toward better connections between prosthetic hands and the brain, potentially paving the way for amputees to do such things as type, sense hot and cold, and touch others.
If new strate...
August 26 - 28, 2007
Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA
This NIMH supported conference will provide an intensive dialogue among leading thinkers about the rapidly evolving ethical dilemmas...