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Grad student develops Brain-Twitter interface
composes tweet by focusing on the desired letter
Robert Charlton

 3:27 am on Apr 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

Brain-Twitter project offers hope to paralyzed patients [cnn.com]
Thu April 23, 2009

Adam Wilson posted two messages on Twitter on April 15. The first one, "GO BADGERS," might have been sent by any University of Wisconsin-Madison student cheering for the school team.

His second post, 20 minutes later, was a little more unusual: "SPELLING WITH MY BRAIN."

Wilson, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering, was confirming an announcement he had made two weeks earlier -- his lab had developed a way to post messages on Twitter using electrical impulses generated by thought....



 8:06 am on Apr 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

Two weeks (and one day) earlier than April 15th, is.... April 1st.

I hope this isn't an escapee story (seen several of those recently).

Robert Charlton

 4:47 pm on Apr 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

I first heard the story on Public Radio. It included an interview with the student researcher, Adam Wilson (who's just about to get his PhD), and the event struck me as having some real historical significance.

Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone message is well known as: "Mr Watson... Come here. I want to see you." It's hard to say whether the first Twitter message sent via a brain-machine interface only will be remembered as "GO BADGERS," or as "SPELLING WITH MY BRAIN" ;) ...but I think the event will be remembered.

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