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Het Financieele Dagblad: Even without Elon Musk, brain implants are a billion-dollar market

Not all new discoveries work 'in' the brain. Many companies make devices that attach to the head and therefore do not require surgery.

Peter Desain, founder of the Dutch MindAffect and emeritus professor of artificial intelligence in Nijmegen, was a researcher on the BCI track for a long time. He wanted to help people with ALS communicate. MindAffect now uses Desain's algorithms for hearing tests, a potentially much larger field of application. With 'normal' hearing tests, the test person must indicate what he experiences. This is labor intensive and difficult for babies or elderly people with dementia. In order to examine their hearing 'objectively', they now have to sleep or be under anesthesia. This is not an attractive option for either group. MindAffect collects currents from the brain with a headband with electrodes. Software filters out the relevant signals. It's like isolating one violin from a recording of an orchestra. The device measures which part of the sound reaches the brain and is perceived faithfully. The analysis takes a few minutes. The company hopes to launch the first product late next year, and is working on a combined hearing and vision test for young children, based on the same technology.



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