MOANA, a four year project, has been led by a team at Rice University in Texas to design and develop a new headset to link human brains and our thoughts to machines and computers, non surgically. The overall need to design a link between machines and brains is to allow the transmission of visual images to blind patients. The project has been funded by a programme known as DARPA, who are also developing more wearable interfaces which can communicate with the brain. “In four years, we hope to demonstrate direct, brain-to-brain communication at the speed of thought and without brain surgery,” said Rice’s Jacob Robinson, the lead investigator on the $18m project, which was announced on May 20, 2019 as part of DARPA’s Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program.
The University of Maryland and their School of Medicine counterpart devised and developed a custom built drone which would become the first unmanned aerial system of its kind to deliver a transplant organ. Due to the importance of transplant organs, the drone has been created with a backup power distributor, dual batteries, backup propellors and even a parachute system to ensure that whatever happens in an emergency, the drone is able to maintain and monitor the human organ. “We built in a lot of redundancies, because we want to do everything possible to protect the payload,” said Anthony Pucciarella, director of operations at the UMD UAS Test Site. The process was devised with simply everything in the mind. The drone was developed with temperature, barometric pressure, GP