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  Science   11 Jul 2017  High-tech hat could allow you to read minds

High-tech hat could allow you to read minds

PTI
Published : Jul 11, 2017, 12:50 am IST
Updated : Jul 11, 2017, 12:50 am IST

Mary Lou Jepsen, founder of a US-based start-up called Openwater, said that the hat could make telepathy a reality within the next eight years.

Traditional MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to take images of internal organs.
 Traditional MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to take images of internal organs.

Washington: Scientists are developing a next generation hat that could allow people to read the other’s minds as well as digitise their own thoughts.

Mary Lou Jepsen, founder of a US-based start-up called Openwater, said that the hat could make telepathy a reality within the next eight years.

Currently, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology helps to read our brainwaves.

“I figured out how to put basically the functionality of an MRI machine into a wearable in the form of a ski hat,” Jepson said.

Jepsen, a former professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US and an inventor on over 100 patents, said that the goal of the technology is to be able to both read and to output your own thoughts, as well as read the thoughts of others.

Traditional MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to take images of internal organs.

The new technology instead looks at the flow of oxygen in a person’s body illuminated with benign, infrared light, which will make it more compact and cheaper.

“Our bodies are translucent to that light. The light can get into your head,” Jepsen was quoted as saying by “CNBC”.

The technology could significantly speed up the process of creating, learning and communicating.

Tags: scientists, magnetic resonance imaging (mri)