The encephalophone is based on brain-computer interfaces using an old method, called electroencephalography, which measures electrical signals in the brain. The instrument collects brain signals through a cap that transforms specific signals into musical notes. The invention is coupled with a synthesizer, allowing the user to create music using a wide variety of instrumental sounds. “The encephalophone may have potential applications both as a novel musical instrument without requiring movement, as well as a potential therapeutic biofeedback device for patients suffering from motor deficits (e.g., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, brainstem stroke, traumatic amputation),” the scientists said. “The encephalophone is a musical instrument that you control with your thoughts, without movement,” said Dr. Thomas Deuel, a neurologist at Swedish Medical Center and a neuroscientist at the University of Washington.
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