Project 2011: Computer-Aided Telepathic Communications




 Introduction and Inspiration:

 Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) have been used in the past few years for the purpose of allowing humans to communicate non-verbally.


      Dr. Santhanam et al. (2006)

 –    Implanted micro-electrode array on the brain

     Patients able to “type” 15 words per minute using thought and no other   communication form

       Dr. D’Zmura (2009)

     Working with a team on project “Silent Soldier”

       Emotiv Wireless Headset (2006 Patent)

      Videogame Brain Computer Interface

      Non-invasive headset

       Dr. Deng et al (2010)

     Identification of syllables using non-invasive EEG

     “ba” and “ku” syllables identified in different cadences


  Locked-in patients who cannot speak or otherwise physically communicate could benefit greatly from having a non-invasive system to communicate their thoughts. 


  A non-invasive BCI using electroencephalograms from an EEG device has not yet been used to read human speech.  Breaking down and detecting the components of human speech (phonemes) that subjects are thinking, but not physically speaking, may be the key to reading unspoken speech.