February 28, 2024

Student Invents Incredible Mind-to-Internet Device

A student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has the future technologies community sitting up and paying attention to him after he created a device that allows a person to interact with technology using just thoughts.

The invention, called AlterEgo, is a headset that requires zero physical effort as it records signals from a user thinking or hearing, and transponds this data to Internet-enabled devices, providing almost instantaneous access to information; like a head-mounted Internet search engine.

“This enables a human-computer interaction that is subjectively experienced as completely internal to the human user – like speaking to one’s self,” says AlterEgo inventor, Arnav Kapur, who is also a student at MIT’s Media lab.

“A primary focus of this project is to help support communication for people with speech disorders including conditions like ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and MS (multiple sclerosis).”

AlterEgo has the potential to “seamlessly integrate humans and computers”, while enhancing our thinking capacities, like Kapur demonstrated by solving difficult mathematical calculations whilst wearing his device.

His creation may prove to be revolutionary as time goes on and its avenues of use explored, but for now, it will help millions of people with neurological conditions and further stoke human curiosity.

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