Facebook is funding research to assist speech impaired paralysed people to communicate using words on a screen.
Facebook is/has invested in two forms of neural input technology to assist speech-impaired paralysed people. Regarding Implanted brain-computer interfaces, this article notes that:
- Project Steno translates attempts at conversation from speech-impaired paralysed people into words on a screen.
- An electrode patch is implanted over the area of the brain associated with controlling the vocal tract.
- Machine learning algorithms can then recognise about 50 words converted word by word into real-time sentences.
- Elon Musk's Neuralink is working on wireless transmission of data from brain-implanted electrodes.
This article also makes the following points regarding Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Headsets:
- Facebook Reality Labs has a research team of around 10,000, focusing on wrist-worn devices.
- Expertise gained from optical head-mounted devices will be utilised in developing algorithms and wrist-based sensors.
- Research on non-invasive, prototype, head-worn headsets for studying brain activity will become publicly available for other organisations to utilise.
- Currently, non-invasive head or wrist-worn sensors are far less accurate than implanted electrodes.
Learn about the possibilities for neural input technology and developments in virtual and augmented reality.