The journal Nature published an article that demonstrates another amazing application of modern technology to help people with very serious diseases.
The hero of the story was a completely paralyzed patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. At the time of the operation, which he underwent in 2019, he could no longer even move his eyes, that is, any possibility of at least some communication with people disappeared.
As part of the operation, two arrays of 64 electrodes were implanted into the patient’s brain, thus creating a brain-computer interface. As a result, the patient was able to modulate the frequency of excitation of neurons based on auditory feedback. He used this method to select letters one by one through a visual interface to form words and phrases.
The experiment in this case is unique, because previously this approach has never been used for people who are completely deprived of control over their muscles. Scientists initially did not even know whether it was possible in such a situation to implement any communication with the patient. It turned out that it was possible.
True, it took three months of unsuccessful attempts before the result was achieved. At the moment, the speed at which the patient is able to form words is very low – only one letter per minute. The reason is, first of all, the algorithm itself: a person can only answer a catchy yes or no when a letter is shown to him. That is, sometimes he needs to concentrate and answer negatively 10-20 times before the system gets to the desired letter.
It took three weeks to say the first sentences, and over the next year the patient said dozens of sentences. One of his earliest messages concerned his departure: he asked that his head be held up and straight when there were visitors in the room. Later, he also asked to be tube-fed various dishes, including goulash soup and sweet pea soup.
“From food, I want curry with potatoes, then bolognese and potato soup,” said one request. Also, one day he asked for a beer.
He was also able to interact with his four-year-old son and wife, generating the message “I love my cool son.”
The right laptop for coding? HP Announces Linux Dev One Mobile Computer for Software Developers
HP announced the expansion of its range of mobile computers with the Dev One model, focused on application developers. There has not yet been a full premiere, but the company has already revealed key details. So, for example, the device is running Linux (Pop!_OS is pre-installed).
HP Dev One will be equipped with an 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 5000 Pro processor, will receive 16 GB of DDR4-3200 MHz RAM, a 1 TB SSD. The screen diagonal will be 14 inches, the resolution is Full HD. When sales start, there is no data, but the cost is already known – $ 1,100. In general, in the US, for that kind of money, you can buy a laptop with more interesting characteristics, and replace the pre-installed Windows with Linux.
Apple has released a major update for Mac computers – more than fifty fixes and the long-awaited release of “Universal Control”
Apple has released an update to the macOS Monterey operating system, the fourth major update since its release in October 2021.
macOS Monterey 12.4 comes out two months after the launch of macOS Monterey 12.3. One of the important innovations was the Universal Control function.
The initial announcement of Universal Control took place almost a year ago – in June 2021. In March, with the release of macOS Monterey 12.3, it began to work in beta mode, and now there has been an official release, which Apple considers hassle-free. Universal Control lets you use one keyboard and mouse to work on your Mac and iPad.
For Studio Display, macOS Monterey 12.4 adds support for firmware 15.5, which is designed to improve the quality of the webcam. There’s also an update to the Podcasts app that lets you limit the number of episodes you keep on your Mac and automatically delete old podcast episodes.
Apple has also added more than fifty fixes for security vulnerabilities in macOS 12.4. The macOS Monterey 12.4 update can be downloaded from the Software Update section of System Preferences.
McDonalds introduced a smart smoke detector in the form of “Big Mac”. If smoke is detected in the kitchen, he will offer to order something from McDonalds
McDonalds has introduced a smart smoke detector in the Netherlands that looks like an upside-down Big Mac. The device is called McDelivery Detector, and this name well reflects its essence.
The sensor is supposed to be installed on the ceiling in the kitchen. When smoke is detected, McDelivery Detector will prompt the user not to bother with further cooking, but simply to order something from the McDonalds assortment instead of what burned out on the stove or microwave. If the user agrees, the order is automatically routed to the nearest McDonalds restaurant.
McDelivery Detector is only available as part of an advertising campaign in the Netherlands. In order to enter the giveaway and get one of the sensors, participants in the game must submit examples of “their worst culinary mistakes.”
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