Your Brain Is A Password? -- Mind Blow #105

Author: Vsauce2

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The way your brain thinks could be your new password. Researchers at Binghamton University have developed a new brain biometric that uses the brain’s response to a series of images. To identify you with 100 percent accuracy. So while wearing an EEG system, a specific change in voltage at the scalp is recorded reacting to images of certain celebrities or uncommon words and then used as a passcode. And the images can be changed - which unlike your fingerprints or retinas - allows you to change your brain password. The major challenge is translating system this to a consumer product.

One of the most advanced wind tunnels in the world is being used to learn the flight secrets of birds. Drones currently have a hard time stabilizing in turbulent conditions - so the new wind tunnel allows researchers from Stanford University to analyze how birds react to different turbulence patterns. Bearing in mind the safety of the birds - they don’t crank up the speed to uncomfortable levels. And in the future, more advanced aerial robot designs will undergo testing in this wind tunnel. The Stanford Robotics Lab has created a robotic mermaid for exploring the ocean. OceanOne is an underwater humanoid with stereoscopic vision and force sensors on its hands that provide haptic feedback to the pilot - giving the human a feel for the objects. Providing a physical avatar for humans to dive and study areas of the ocean too dangerous for people. It’s already been used to explore the wreck of King Louis XIV’s flagship, previously out of reach for humans, and has recovered artifacts.

AiCure hopes to monitor, track and make sure patients are taking their medication. They claim half of all patients don’t take medication as prescribed - so this app visually confirms the proper medication, confirms the proper user ingests it and does so at the proper time. It’s customizable and adapts to patient behavior. The data can be accessed by medical providers and can recognize improper or suspicious use. And they hope this can reduce the reported $198 billion dollars spent on hospitalizations resulting from improper medication use each year. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have charted subregions of the brain that respond to different words. The “semantic system” map displays the organization of words based on meanings like people, time, number, tactile, outdoor or place. This single brain combines and visualizes six different people’s word meaning brain activity.

Your Brain Is A Password? -- Mind Blow #105

Hopefully they can study more subjects from different cultural upbringing and education to see how consistent this brain map really is. Ultimately it could help understand language impairments in diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Mind Blow #82, uploaded in May 2014, featured SCiO - a handheld spectrometer that detects the chemical makeup of objects - by scanning them, analyzing the data in the cloud and reporting results on a smartphone. Well, the sensors and development toolkits are now rolling out and can analyze carbs, fat and water in dairy, meat and vegetables and also the contents of pain relieving pills. The prospects for mobile spectrometer technology include not only eventually building this into a smartphone itself - but using it to detect counterfeit products, compare generic and name brand products and also the purity and differences in drugs. Finally, Eeulume, a company in Norway is developing a swimming snake robot for subsea maintenance and inspection. I’m gonna leave you with the champion of real robot battle and as always - thanks for watching.

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