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Ambarish Ganesh
Ambarish Ganesh • May 14, 2012

Brainput Computer Interface Detects Exhausted Brain; Completes Work For You

People can easily identify a stressed-out brain, but same is not the case with computers. To bridge this gap, a new brain-computer interface has been developed, which not only sympathizes with you, but also takes over your work when your's brains too exhausted to do it. Brainput, as the system is called, identifies when the mind is heavily taxed, and the workload is handled in a way that simplifies it. Erin Treacy Solovey of MIT, employs a working near-infrared spectroscopy to track down the brain activities to assist in this brain-computer communication.

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Solovey and her teammates employed the fNIRS to find when a person was multitasking, examining brain signals in previous tests to single out the patterns of activity. They could tell apart three specific states of multitasking, and then formulated classification algorithms for the respective patterns. This system should prove out to be immensely useful for the drivers, for when distracted, the computer may take the control.

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