Modern technology helps brain damaged violinist play music using her thoughts

I saw this article on The Telegraph and thought it was absolutely amazing how advanced technology has become.

Rosemary Johnson had a promising career as a solo violinist in the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, until her car accident in 1988. This left her in a coma for seven months as well as a severe head injury. She lost her speech and movement and became confined to her wheelchair and unable to lift her violin.

Fortunately, due to amazing modern technology and a project led by Plymouth University and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London, Rosemary’s brain was linked to a computer using Brain Computer Music Interfacing software. This allowed her to compose and play music using just her thoughts! How incredible is that?

Rosemary has to focus on different coloured lights on a computer screen allowing her to select notes and phrases to be played or change a piece of music as it is performed by live. She’s even able to alter volume and speed of the music. The best part is Rosemary got to perform with her best friend after nearly 30 years!

I highly recommend you watch the video. It amazes me how far we have come with technology. It is the future and there are no limits to what we can do. The development of the Brain Computer Music Interfacing took nearly 20 years and in another 20 years we’ll be introduced to something even more advanced, doing revolutionary work for our industries.

Video credits to The Telegraph

Image from Science Alert

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