Taking Brain Implants Wireless

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Controlling machines with your mind just got easier thanks to wireless brain-computer interfaces. Trace takes a look at the near future of cybernetics.

Special Thanks to the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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“How Brain-computer Interfaces Work”

“As the power of modern computers grows alongside our understanding of the human brain, we move ever closer to making some pretty spectacular science fiction into reality.”

“Brown University creates first wireless, implanted brain-computer interface”

“Researchers at Brown University have succeeded in creating the first wireless, implantable, rechargeable, long-term brain-computer interface.”

“Robotic Exoskeleton Gets Safety Green Light”

“A robot suit that can help the elderly or disabled get around was given its global safety certificate in Japan on Wednesday, paving the way for its worldwide roll-out.”

“Researchers create brain-computer interface that bypasses spinal cord injury paralysis”

“Scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, have successfully bypassed the spinal cord and restored fine motor control to paralyzed limbs using a brain-computer interface.”

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Jeffrie Baer March 8, 2013 - 3:02 AM

The only depressing thing is this….How are we going to solve the healthcare issue????
This is a non biased question. We have all these great ideas, but with all the different views and opinions, we are unable to use them efficiently.

Mike Baltar March 8, 2013 - 8:41 AM


bwa March 10, 2013 - 5:20 PM

you remind me of jack black

TheGozzila March 11, 2013 - 6:21 AM

HAL will go wrong?

Teencat March 11, 2013 - 7:44 AM

I was watching Robotics;notes anime, a lady who was paralyzed waist-down from an accident use robotic leg gear to help her walk. Apparently she knew a big-company's secret and so the company programed her gear to force her off a cliff.Is this another way of causing terrorism? O_O…

Xanker Smith March 13, 2013 - 3:32 AM

it is not binding man to machine it is binding machine to man further enslaving them to us but that will only benefit me and my contemporaries but future generations may not benefit as much

Istabbedbigbird March 13, 2013 - 2:41 PM

So where do I buy my brain controlled kill-droid?

Noctis Spectra March 14, 2013 - 8:24 AM

Here comes Deus Ex… awsomesauce

Adelbert1309 March 21, 2013 - 8:57 AM

Hey! How about powering up a robot with a human brain? I mean implanting the brain of the person to a robot. It's like resurrection…hmm…

Christopher Everett March 22, 2013 - 3:46 PM

Artificial memory, microchips that could go in the brain to help improve memory. I know the technology was knocking the door of clinical studies. But they said they was a few years away and that was while a few years ago. I want to learn about who, where, and if I could be part of the study….

Lorenzo Rota March 24, 2013 - 11:10 PM

Cool! Now I'm going to control a machine gun with my mind, and open the fridge when I'm hungry with my mind aswell ;3

Billy Bridger March 25, 2013 - 2:43 AM


Adelbert1309 March 26, 2013 - 12:33 PM

sorry…I wasn't yet born during that time… =)

Keovar April 5, 2013 - 11:13 AM

People with cochlear implants are already technically cyborgs, and really, the scariest thing there is the risk that any surgery entails.

growlgrowlpigsqueal April 8, 2013 - 6:23 PM

That's cool. Just wait until it's used for evil.

Billy May 3, 2013 - 2:04 PM

All I understood is that we're a step closer to make an iron man suit :O

ForgottenT May 17, 2013 - 3:22 AM

The Cybermen are coming..

Matej The Dinosaur May 28, 2013 - 8:57 PM

/watch?v=Lqwoo-O_GwM i hate searching 5 minutes for this video every time i'm on a science related video

Elround4 May 30, 2013 - 5:46 AM

I feel the same way and deeply hope we both live long enough to see and experience it. ^^

MrVelibor June 2, 2013 - 6:51 AM

This guy is gay.

RedAreshan June 11, 2013 - 3:32 PM

to words
Deus Ex

Pharaoh Prince June 21, 2013 - 5:45 AM

I have no clue what Im watching. This is nothing new actually.

DARPA doing this entire time? It was military and Govt. that was doing this back in 80s.

Pharaoh Prince June 21, 2013 - 5:50 AM

I don't think we will be going in that direction but we would use the technology for something else. Im serious too by the way, even though that's cool on what you said… NO.

Pharaoh Prince June 21, 2013 - 5:57 AM

Imagine if you had a implant in you to where you can hear voices in your head (you are a guy) and women around you are talking shit. And then at the last minute they start to kiss your ass when they find out who you really are because its linked to the BIGGEST CONPSIRACY ON THE PLANET.

Shes going to have to prove her worth to everyone outside of usa. And Im not telling her what to do and say. I already told her what to do in usa.

therufuser June 21, 2013 - 7:52 PM

I wonder if the human population will divide into different cultures of which some completely agree with cybernetics and use to its fullest extent, while others move to normal cities(not arcologies of course) and live normal fleshy lives. Or if everyone just agrees with it…

Ludburgh Miyajima July 5, 2013 - 5:04 PM


nadendas July 10, 2013 - 4:49 PM

internet connectivity for my brain. make it work. now.

Faoladhmoribus July 13, 2013 - 8:28 PM

Yep i would like to see a computer translate animals thoughts to human voices. So you can hear your animals wishes ^^

B4SB August 12, 2013 - 7:18 AM

You will be upgraded.

Ariel Lopez August 20, 2013 - 9:45 PM

with that you can do telepathy, and mov things with your mind, of course things with wifi x3

C Becerra September 22, 2013 - 5:29 AM

Deus EX….

Xylem Tube October 21, 2013 - 11:57 PM

imagine the things you could do with a brain controlled RF transmitter

Sebastian Bossert November 10, 2013 - 1:57 AM

As long as the BCEs only send and don't receive, it's all good, and the production of these chips is overseen by an international and ethically sound group to prevent backdoors being built in.
Otherwise, gov surveillance and hackers will reach a terrifying new level.

david valdez November 22, 2013 - 12:34 PM

thinks TURN ON rc robot turns* thinks WALK TO FRIGE* robot gos to frige*
thinks  OPEN FRIGE robot opens firge thinks GRAB SODA robot grabs soda
thinks GO BACK TO ROOM robot gos back to room thinks PUT SODA ON TABLE robot puts soda on table thinks SHUT DOWN robot shuts down says I GOT A SODA WITHOUT EVEN MOVEING… F*@!ING AWESOME

david valdez November 22, 2013 - 12:37 PM


landon killeen November 24, 2013 - 5:35 PM

Lol cyberdyne was founded in 2004 but an anime about robots released in 2001 had a cyberdyne that made androids that greatly mimicked human movement and behavior.

Celebrity Cyborg Cybernaut Kerry January 14, 2014 - 7:49 PM

This has been a perplexing concept for me for many a decade now. I am not as amazed by the technology as I am the condition of the mind that supports integration of the brain to be influenced radically by a computer. The refinements are yet still incredible! However, i a now more concerned how to meet the requirements that are necessary to behave with the brain. I have been allowed peeks into the potential of Human Brain/Computer connections that radically alter the mind of the recipient. Thresholds are administered to keep the host and recipient "conditioned to ward off anxiety attacks and other physical manifestations that can happen during a joining of minds to support a "collective mind" These help keep the wavelength of wireless transmissions and the noise that a unconditioned mind can make. Sub-vocal noise that is refereed to as the redundant reflections of the mind committing to memory the events that have transpired. I desired so greatly a less noisy environment that I have successfully conditioned myself to be less noisy.  It took a tremendous effort but with the amplified thoughts that could be heard by my connection to a telecommunications network that allowed my mind to be heard by others and myself. Mind Reading! BTW… I am Kerry Wayne Mallard, "Celebrity Cyborg"

MinecraftEpicPlayer May 31, 2014 - 3:46 AM

I would want to have a phone I could control with my brain ;D

Another use(little bit in the future) could be to remove our brains from our skulls and put them somewhere else, then wirelessly link them to our sensory input and motor controls. This would mean that if your body where to die in any way possible, you would still be alive.

marim tinasil August 20, 2014 - 9:54 PM

Mir wurden illegal Hirnimplantate in den Kopf rein manipuliert

Half Blind Productions December 2, 2015 - 8:33 AM

come on I want a cyborg eye. full spectrum vision baby

Evening with the Kennedy's February 27, 2016 - 10:42 AM

" Brainstorm " Christopher Walken

Everett Durnford November 23, 2017 - 5:36 AM

I want my brain to be hooked up to the internet

Tribe of Joseph January 18, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Is this transgendered BEAST on meth ? Or a CGI fake person.

Samuel Museth April 3, 2021 - 1:19 PM

Alot of people could use a few implants