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US Army To Develop "Thought Helmets"
9/20/2008

Hugh Pickens writes "Time daily reports on a $4 million US Army as by drawing together.
compact to begin third world nation 'thought helmets' to harness silent brain waves for secure radiogram among troops that the Army hopes will 'lead to direct mental control of martial systems by thought alone.' The Army's initial goal is to capture brain waves with disk overhead system that translates the waves into audible radio messages for other troops in the field. 'It'd be radio without a microphone,' says Dr. Elmar Schmeisser, the Army neuroscientist overseeing the program. 'Because wing are already trained to talk in clean, clear and formulaic ways, it would be a very small step to have them think that way.' The key call will be to develop administrator able to pinpoint speech-related brain waves and pick them up with a 128-sensor array that finally will be buried inside a helmet. Scientists deny charges that they're messing with soldiers' minds. 'A lot of people interpret wires coming out of the head as some sort of mind reading,' says Dr. Mike D'Zmura. 'But there's no way you can get there from here.' One latent civilian spin-off: a Bluetooth Helmet so people nearby can't hear you when you talk on your cell phone."

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