New Brain Scanner Lets You Move Around

British scientists have come up with a brain scanner that you can walk around with, and have normal physical movement. It's kind of a cross between Krell technology and Phantom of the Opera.


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The device, which looks like a prop from a budget sci-fi movie or phantom of the opera, is in fact the latest thing in brain scanning.

"I think in terms of mapping brain activity, brain function, this represents a step change," said Matt Brookes, a physicist at the University of Nottingham.

Because you can do this while wearing it -- play bat and ball, or even drink a cup of tea.

t was at Nottingham University in the early 70s that the MRI was first developed. Now the wearable 'MEG' system has the potential to open a whole new field of brain scanning. The scanner records the magnetic field produced by brain activity and can show precisely where in the brain these movements are being controlled. The area of the brain shown in blue is where wrist and arm movements are controlled while playing bat and ball.

"Neuroscientists will be able to envisage a whole new world of experiments where we try to work out what a brain is doing but whilst a person is behaving naturally," Brookes said.

This looks like a budget sci-fi version of the recreational cephscope (short for cephalochromoscope) from Philip K. Dick's 1977 novel A Scanner Darkly:

...his Altec cephalochromoscope, around which he had built the pleasure part of his schedule, the segment of the day in which they all relaxed and got mellow....
(Read more about Dick's cephscope)

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