A group of scientists at Wits University have come with a unique project that aims to connect a human brain with the internet. The technology is based on collecting data then sending it via the internet to a treatment program!
The Internet of things (IoT) is a revolutionary concept that relies on connecting elements to the internet. The connected objects have the capacity of capturing data and sending it via the internet to be analysed and visualised on dedicated dashboards. Connected objects interact with their environment through temperature, speed, humidity or vibration sensors.
The key element of the IoT concept is the ability to receive raw data arriving from different sensors then transform it into exploitable information.
There are multiple applications of the IoT concept. Within the industrial field for example, machines can be monitored from far distances, predictive maintenance can be carried out and product traceability can also be improved. Every day, connected objects will generate billions of information that will allow companies to create and tailor new services.
In order to develop the IoT concepts, a group of researchers from Wits University in Johannesburg has managed to connect the human brain with the internet, with an original project named “Brainternet”.
This innovative project is based on electroencephalography technology. It takes brainwave EEG signals gathered by an Emotiv EEG device connected to the user’s head. The information is then sent to a Raspberry Pi computer which will spread it to a computer program. The program in question (which is an interface coded by the researchers themselves) routes the data to the Brainternet.me site where anyone can observe the activities of the brain of the person wearing the helmet.
“Brainternet” is a continuous and open source brain of a person who offers a clear readability on how the brain works. Nowadays, the site Brainternet.me is only available internally at the University of Wits, but researchers are working hard to make the solution more interactive online.
Raja, Consultant, Leyton France