They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas; but we hope that isn’t the case when Muse meets the Vegas lights in January. Right now we have our heads down with intense preparation for what will be the first Muse appearance of 2013: the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 8 – 11th. This is something we want everyone to know about! Unlike some of InteraXon’s conference keynote’s over the past 2 months, this conference will give delegates a chance to experience a handful of early previews from our brain training system in real time.
This week in our industry news roundup: the global need for prosthetics is growing quickly, and there’s also a place for brainwave controlled bionic limbs; a more affordable MEG system has been invented in Sweden and could have a huge impact on brain research worldwide.
1// Bionic limbs market expanding rapidly
Researchers working with bionic limbs continue to show innovations at a staggering rate, and the global market for prosthetics is also rapidly growing. Last month, a man who had lost his leg in a motorcycle accident climbed a 2000 step ascent using a mind-controlled bionic leg. This is just one recent example of ‘big strides’ forward in the field of prosthetics.
Prosthetic manufacturers are also developing technology that will allow patients who use their bionic limbs to make adjustments via a mobile app, from their smart phone or tablet. These new procedures and functionalities, that were once considered experimental, are becoming increasingly commonplace. It is expected that by 2017, bionic limbs (including ones controlled by the patients brainwaves) will be a global market of ~ $24 billion annually. Sports injury, accidents, and an ageing population will all contribute to the growing demand for bionic limbs with brainwave-controlled and mobile capabilities.
2// More affordable MEG systems are introduced
Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is a method used in brain mapping by recording magnetic fields. This research technique is important to brain research and neurofeedback, but has (until recently) been so expensive that few countries were able to afford the technology. A group of researchers in Sweden, from Chalmers University of Technology, have made a new MEG system which is more affordable than the current price tag ($3 million for the equipment, and $500,000 in annual operating costs)
The significant cost reduction means that MEG will be more affordable for more medical clinics in more countries, providing the ability to conduct new research about the brain. The new system aims to make MEG affordable for every hospital, with new tools for brain research.
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