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Venture Capital Funding for Brain-Computer Interfaces outstrips DARPA dollars

Posted on May 09, 2024

A group of 5 implantable brain computer interface (BCI) startups, including Musk’s Neuralink, are starting to pull in hundreds of millions of venture capital dollars. While Neuralink has attracted the…

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Beyond Handwriting: Speculating on what is next for Ctrl Labs' Wristband Neural Interface

Posted on April 02, 2024

Ctrl Labs within Meta’s Reality Labs division released a paper about their incredible progress on a generalizable wristband-based generalizable neural interface. The choice of a handwriting demo task…

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One step closer to a brain-computer interface: Generative AI decodes images and speech from fMRI recordings

Posted on June 03, 2023

This post compares two new research papers that use generative AI techniques to ‘read’ images and text from human brain activity patterns. The first paper generates sentences that subjects heard in…

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Wrist-worn neural interfaces have come of age: Facebook Reality Labs and Cala Health

Posted on October 06, 2021

Neural interfaces may be mainstream before we know it, in very familiar form. Facebook's Reality Labs division is working on a consumer device that senses tiny nerve signals at the wrist to offer…

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Going Long on the Vagus nerve: Startups Re-discover the Autonomic Neuromodulation Goldmine

Posted on June 04, 2021

Electrical stimulation of the Vagus nerve to treat chronic disease has been around for 35 years, with mixed success. Fifteen ventures, as many therapeutic areas, and billions of dollars later, a new…

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China's Brain-Computer Interface Landscape in 2021: Has the Dragon Woken up to Neurotech?

Posted on April 17, 2021

Chinese brain-computer interface research is about a decade behind the US or Europe but is likely to catch up quickly as the government pours funding into the China Brain Project. Local manufacturers…

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How DARPA drives Brain Machine Interface Research

Posted on November 22, 2020

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency invests millions in brain-computer interface projects every year, effectively driving the BCI research agenda. This post catalogs the various programs…

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On Neural Dust

Posted on October 25, 2020

This post reviews the significant milestones in the development of neural dust and lays out the state of the art in 2020. The neural dust device is 3 millimeters long and 1×1 millimeters in cross…

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Closed-loop brain-computer interfaces

Posted on September 27, 2020

All BCI devices record. Only a few of them provide direct feedback to the brain in real-time. This post lists current closed-loop human BCI devices and their applications. X-rays from patients…

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Funding for Brain-Computer Interface Ventures

Posted on August 28, 2020

Can following the money tell us about the interface between academic research and venture-funded companies in BCI. Is there a clear boundary at all? What does the 'funding lens' reveal, about who is…

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Neural interfaces for vision: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Posted on August 25, 2020

Current retinal implants deliver just enough vision to enable the blind to see bright lights, high-contrast edges, and moving objects. Considering their enormous potential, visual prosthetics have…

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Why Model Systems are Indispensable for BCI Research

Posted on August 18, 2020

From neurons in dishes to behaving insects to primates, how do we trade off accessibility and iteration speed against clinical relevance? What model is best suited to which research question? Photo a…

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How to Build a Neural Interface: Lessons from Cochlear Implants

Posted on August 08, 2020

The cochlear implant is a miracle that deserves a place in the history of brain-computer communications, as the first neural interface to restore a human sense through electrical stimulation of…

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