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The IKBFU’s Institute of Living Systems has created a device dubbed ‘Balalaika’. The name comes from a sci-fi novel by Vadim Panov where almost all human beings are equipped with triangle-shaped chips giving their carriers almost superhuman powers. The real-life device is not a triangle, nor does it have similar capacities. However, it can help people solve serious problems. For instance, it can be used as a hands-free wheelchair control. The device translates impulses coming from the brain into motion. It reads physiological parameters – ECG, heart rate, body temperature, etc. – and sends them to a medical specialist when necessary.
Maksim Patrushev, Director of the Institute of Living Systems
Probably, there is something that we do not know but we have never seen another completely Russian-made neural device.’
The IKBFU’s team took part in the Neurothlon – a competition for disabled athletes using assistive technology.
Natalya Shusharina, Deputy Director of the Institute of Living Systems:
We were the only ones to present an original design. All the other competitors used third-party equipment.