If the recent advancement in technology field is to be believed, we are moving closer to making some spectacular science fiction into reality. The power of modern computers is growing on par with the understanding of human brain. We may soon be able to see, hear or feel specific sensory inputs by transmitting signals directly into the brain. Cognitive Computing is the term used to mention computing with six senses. Imagine controlling the cars, accessibility vehicles, drones, etc. with nothing more than a thought. This is the reality and is also technological development of the decade.
So, what makes the MBI tick?
Our brain is filled with neurons. Each time we move, feel, think or remember something, it is the neurons, which are at work. Ultimately, it is the neurons that make the MBI sensors work too.
How does the MBI work?
A person needs to mentally visualize an incident. Let us assume the person visualizes opening a folder by double clicking using a mouse. A skullcap with sensors placed on the head will receive the signals from the brain. This brain activity is interpreted by computer software. This software enables the opening of a folder with double clicks. Another instance can be a person with a robotic arm. The person needs to visualize the hand closing or opening appropriately. The sensors receive the signal and relay the same to the robotic arm, which will then act appropriately.
Different Skulls caps
Does sending sensory signals to someone’s brain mean thought control is something we need to worry about? Pretty wicked, but probably not. Sending a simple signal is difficult enough and controlling one’s involuntary thoughts is far beyond our technology.
So, how does this connect to mobility? There is this Neuron concept car, which exactly looks like it jumped out of a Steven Spielberg movie. This car includes the MBI. Going by the car’s vision the concept is mind-blowing in every aspect. This is an exploratory project however has paved way into whole new undreamt world of technology.
Often, we used to think of traveling back in time so that we can point and laugh at all the futurists who thought we would be flying in cars now. But the inception of NEURON concept will make us rethink our decision. It is an imaginative look at how MBI could bring a strong intimacy in the relationship between man and machine. Research converting brainwaves into digital commands are still in its infancy but shows tremendous promise. Think about a car that know us, we mean a car, which really know us; a car that can read our brain waves; a car, which know how, we drive. This level of interaction could enable the driver to feel in control while significantly reducing human error. It also enables the machine to learn and predict what you’ll do even before you think it. Marrying the blend of neuroscience and robotics with mobility is sure to return promising results.
NEURON concept car – Ian Kettle
On a basic level, how will this impact the automotive design? This means interior spaces are no longer governed by a fixed internal architecture. The core of the concept revolves around a freeform interior, a space that adapts and changes according to user needs. According to Ian Kettle, the interior is described as “The freeform interior, constructed of over 1500 superlight nylon strands, each with a piezoelectric shape memory polymer core, shifts its form according to how the user(s) wish to sit, imprinting their needs on to the form of the interior shape, much like metal imprinter toys used by children throughout the world.”
Neuron concept car is created as an exploration of the consequences of the 21st century technology: MBI on one of the most ubiquitous products of the 20th century: the automobile. Soon drivers and users will become so in tune with their cars and by controlling with such a precision, crashes can become a thing of past. This is one of the most glorified promises the machine brain interface can deliver to the mobility industry.
Author: Suraj Balachandran