Friday, April 24, 2009

Freaky Friday-Twitter User Updates Via Brainwaves

An article posted on Discover magazine online talks about a researcher that used EEG to send a tweet message on Twitter. This technology has the potential to help those with "locked in" syndrome to communicate with others on twitter and keep them updated. Locked in is when someone is almost completely paralyzed but their brain is still intact.

The gist is that a person uses their brain to focus on particular letters and ultimately they form a sentence which is sent as a tweet. EEG is useful in a number of ways. It can diagnose epilepsy and see what type of seizures are occurring. Dr.'s can check for problems with loss of consciousness or dementia. It helps find out a person's chance of recovery after a change in consciousness. Dr.'s can use it to find out if a person who is in a coma is brain-dead. It's used to study sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy. EEG watches brain activity while a person is receiving general anesthesia during brain surgery and can help find out if a person has a physical problem (problems in the brain, spinal cord, or nervous system) or a mental health problem.

How completely amazing is it that a person who otherwise would be unable to communicate and is locked in their own body could now be able to communicate snippets of information to those that are added to their twitter account? I am just in awe of the things we can do in this time period! At the same time technology can be FREAKY!

Happy Friday everyone!