Facebook revealed Wednesday it has a team of 60 engineers working on building a brain-computer interface that will let you type with just your mind without invasive implants. The imagined mechanism is to use optical imaging to scan your brain a hundred times per second to detect you speaking silently in your head, and translate it into text.
Researchers who specialize in machine learning for decoding speech and language, building optical neuroimaging systems with advanced spatial resolution and next-generation neural prosthetics are involved. Brain- typing is a goal, to eventually allow people to type at 100 words per minute, 5X faster than typing on a phone.Bbrain-computer interfaces also could let people control augmented reality and virtual reality experiences with their mind instead of a screen or controller. Can you imagine a paralyzed patient communicating this way ? Probably not yet, but it should be possible. Researchers began working on the brain typing project six months ago, but it now is collaborating with UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The Building 8 research lab is also working on a way for humans to hear through their skin.