$ 60 million over 4 years, this is the amount that the DARPA will inject in the research program NESD (Neural Engineering Design System) this is a neural interface that could “fit “American soldiers in the future. An implant placed on the brain which will enable them to communicate with biocompatible equipment. Weapons, means of communication or an exoskeleton controlled by thought, this is the objective of the US military.
A neural implant 1 million electrodes on a cubic centimeter
a few years ago, images of Cathy Hutchinson, a quadriplegic patient made the media turn. With a brain implant, it managed to control a robot to perform tasks simples.L’interface direct neuronal (IND or BCI for brain-computer interface) that was put on the brain Cathy Hutchinson has been designed by the research team BrainGate has 96 electrodes. The goal of the DARPA arm of the US military in research goes well beyond. The implant which it wishes to have in 4 years will count … 1 million electrodes.
A neuron electrode to allow elaborate interactions
Such a chip which will measure only cubic centimeter allow much higher resolution and therefore be potentially capable of much more complex interactions that current implants or each electrode corresponds to several thousand neurons. An electrode for a neuron, it is the objective of the project.
DARPA is working on this type of implant since the year 70. With NESD program and more than comfortable budget, the researchers were able to make a leap forward in the field of direct neural interfaces. In early February 2016, DARPA held at Arlington businesses and researchers who participate in the program in order to present the objectives of NESD. See you in 2020 to see the implant at work if DARPA is a guinea pig ready to be grafted this neuronal chip “high definition”.
Source: “Bridging the Bio-Electronic Divide” DARPA press release, January 19, 2016