Charles Xavier once said, “She left you because you got inside of her head”. We assure you this is nothing like that. Brain-to-text technology is basically texting using your brain and not your fingers so you’re not one of the X-men just yet but definitely a TEXT-men. All puns aside, this piece of technology can potentially do wonders in the world with many use cases. We can even put aside the obvious features this could bring like sending standard text messages.
Mark Zuckerberg said that the system Facebook is working on would allow users to type directly from their brains at a rate that is five times faster than they can type on their smartphones. The eventual plan is to make the hardware component into a wearable that can be easily manufactured, with the goal of the technology also acting as an augmented reality interface. So with this said, we can have a wonderful addition to wearable technology in the near future.
Here are some pretty cool use cases of a brain to text technology;
Honey Bee Communication
It can be incredibly stressful to communicate within the workplace especially if you’re the one running the place. Like Beehives, the workplace is a very busy place where constant communication is mandatory and is controlled from a central source. The Queen bee regulates the unity of the worker bees the same way the manager or COO maintains the internal communication within the workplace. It gets pretty hard and stressful to engage with employees so imagine a device which can you use to simply think the notification or update you want to send out and simply send it to individuals and groups. Writing long emails can be time and energy consuming so why not just think out an email and send. The device could possibly be connected to texting platform using an SMS API to execute communication in the form of text messages.
Hearing aids and eSight technology have been emotionally inspiring innovations ever since they came into existence. We have seen people see and hear for the first time which is undoubtedly a mind raveling experience capable of bringing down tears of joy to the eyes of even the toughest people. Sign language has been used for ages now by mute people so I think it’s about time they got a piece of technology themselves. After all, technology has always been about limiting human limitations. So why not talk using your brain? Text to speech technology is readily available so now all were waiting for is brain-to-text technology to hit the tech market and be integrated with text-to-speech and form a device which enables a mute to speak as if he was never mute. To top that, he could even speak in different languages once we get upgrades in those devices as well.
Think of the endless research possibilities one can achieve studying how people think. Branches of psychology including forensic sciences and modern medicine can do wonders exploring the human mind prior to the consent of course. It will also pave way for all the emerging brain control technologies. Brain-to-text, brain-to-voice, brain-to-motion, and brain-to-control are some top innovations we can expect in the future. Imagine an end to handheld devices for our daily tasks like smartphones. What if we could use our brains to surf the internet via visual aid integrated with the device. The possibilities are endless and we’ve only just touched the tip of the iceberg of the next phase in human evolution.