Georgia State University researchers have
come up with a Web browser that allows people to surf just by thinking.
Previous research has shown that it is possible to move a cursor
by controlling neural activity. The researchers' BrainBrowser Internet software
is designed to work with the limited mouse movements neural control allows.
The browser window is divided into an upper section that resembles
a traditional browser and a lower control section. Common controls like
"Home", "Refresh", "Print" and "Back" are grouped in the left-hand corner
and provide feedback. When a user focuses his attention on a button, it
becomes highlighted, and when the user successfully focuses on clicking
the button, it emits a low tone.
The right side of the control section displays links contained in
the current Web page. This allows the user to more easily scan and click
The researchers are working on a virtual keyboard with word prediction
technology that will allow users to enter URLs.
The technology will be ready for practical communications applications
in two to five years, according to the researchers. They presented the work
at the Association of Computing Machinery Computer-Human Interaction (ACM-CHI)
conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 5-10, 2003. -TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
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