A research team of biomedical engineers from Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa made a major breakthrough by linking the brain to the internet in real time. The project is termed as “brainternet” and is the brain child of lecturer, Adam Pantanowitz in the Wits school of Electrical and Information Engineering. Brainternet extends brainwaves onto the internet and it turns the brain into an Internet of Things node on the World Wide Web.
Brainternet works by converting brainwaves (EEG – Electroencephalogram signals) in an open source brain live stream. A person wears an Emotiv EEG device – transmits the EEG signals to a Raspberry Pi computer which live streams the data signals on to application programming interface and displays the data on the open portal where everyone can view or observe the individual’s brain activity.
Pantanowitz explains “Brainternet is a new frontier in brain-computer interface systems. There is a lack of easily understood data about how a human brain works and processes information. Brainternet seeks to simplify a person’s understanding of their own brain and the brains of others. It does this through continuous monitoring of brain activity as well as enabling some interactivity,” .
Data collected from this project helps in exploring the next steps in machine learning, artificial intelligence and brain-computer interfaces such as Neural lace (Elon musk) and Kernel (Bryan Johnson).