Facebook’s Innovative Technology Attempts to Built a Brain Computer Interface to Type without Using Hands.


Facebook F8 conference has been very amazing and interesting with a lot of innovative announcements made by the team to enhance the experience of the users. These innovations that are in the process would build the future for mankind which would be full of high-end technological solutions and devices. The new announcement made during the F8 conference was about the team of 60 engineers working on a special project which would develop a brain-computer interface through which would use the optical imaging technology to scan your brain to understand the speaking going on in your head and interpret it into text.

Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s R&D division aims to develop this technology through which they can type 5 times faster than the typical hand typing on the phone with a speed approximately equivalent to 100 words per minute. This project was initiated six months before and has now been collaborated with medical and Physics specialized institutions like Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis along with many other technological experts in Artificial Learning. This developing requires a high level of expertise in Artificial learning along with the ability to build the optical neuroimaging system with high-end resolution.

This seems to be impossible at the beginning but Regina Dugan showed a video of a paralyzed man at Stanford who would type through his mind with the help of a sensor implanted in this neuro system. The idea is to develop a system without implanting any sensor in any individual. There would be many restrictions and limitations on this system. All the thought cannot be interpreted and typed without using a hand. There would be a limitation to this thought and only some thought which required to be utilized will be interpreted just like how we click many photographs but share only some of them.

Facebook is also working on one more innovation system through which humans can hear through their skin. The prototype for its hardware and software is under process and this system skin of an individual would perform the activity of cochlear and transmit those frequencies to the brain by which an individual would be able to hear in a similar way how he can hear through his ears. This system would be very beneficial for the deaf people when completed ready for use.

There have been many such project development announcements made during the Facebook F8 conference. All these announcements about the developing projects were done by the head of the Reach and Development department Regina Dugan.