A Brain-Computer Interface has been developed by the USA Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that is capable of laying a heads-up display over a user’s natural vision.
The “Cortical Modem” also holds the potential to cure sight loss and enable “Electronic Telepathy and Telekinesis”.
While still a long way from public production, the Direct Neural Interface (DNI) Chip would be shaped like a coin, around 1 cm wide, and could conceivably cost as little as $10 (£6.50).
As outlined at the Biology is Technology conference in Silicon Valley last week, the interface provides a direct link between the brain and an external device or software through manipulation of the visual cortex.
Phillip Alvelda, chief of DARPA’s Biological Technologies, told the conference how the device could replace all virtual reality glasses, such as the Oculus Rift, by bypassing the visual sensory system entirely.
Optogenetics involves the controlling of light-responsive proteins within the brain through targeted light emission.
The secretive military agency was established by the US Government in 1958 in response to the launch of Sputnik by the USSR, which signaled that the Soviets had beaten the USA into space.
DARPA / ABC Flash Point News 2018.