A new brain reading technique has been used to help blind and deaf people control their bodies.
The technology was developed by the university and the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Translational Neuroscience and the Blind.
It involves the use of a device called a brain scanner, which captures brain activity during a conversation and transmits the information to a brain-computer interface.
“It allows people with some form of a disability to control their physical movement, such as sitting or lying down, and to feel sensations such as heat, cold, pressure and pressure,” said Dr David McQuaid, a professor of psychiatry at the university.
“When we take this information, we are able to control how the person responds to the situation.”
The research was funded by the University’s Department of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Human Factors.
The University of Melbourne and the Centre for Research on Translating Science at Western Australia have developed similar technology for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.
The new method involves a headset that sends a high-frequency pulse to the brain.
The information is then translated into brain signals, which are sent back to the wearer through a special device.
“Our approach uses a headset to receive brain signals that are transmitted via a wireless internet connection to a computer and then sent to the headset, which converts those signals into brain wave patterns that can be interpreted by a computer,” Dr McQuay said.
“This is a very novel approach and has a lot of potential for medical applications.”
The device is still in its infancy, but it can be used to translate information about the body to a person who has difficulties reading, such a blind person, or a person whose sight is impaired.
The research has been conducted in partnership with the University and Western Australia University Hospitals and Medical Centre.
The university is also working with a University of Adelaide team.
The device was developed using the latest in brain imaging technology and will be used for other purposes.
Dr McQuays team is also researching the use the technology in the rehabilitation of deaf and blind people.