Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) has opened up a new frontier for communication. Moving a device elsewhere, or typing a message on a laptop or a mobile phone just by thinking about it is no more an act of science fiction. Top companies around the world are building software and hardware, based on neurotechnology and neuroscience to expand human potential and more importantly, bring a new dawn in the lives of people facing physiological disorders.
Top 10 Brain-Computer Interface Companies in the World
Every company working in the field of assistive and rehabilitative technology is bringing innovations in BCI technology. Let us look at the top 10 companies which have developed some extraordinary BCI solutions.
Founded by Elon Musk in 2016, Neuralink aims to develop generalized brain interface technology that can restore autonomy to unmet medical needs and expand human potential. It is among the best companies working on neurotechnology, computing, and sensors to develop links between the human brain and AI in a way that would help people with physiological disabilities like hearing or memory loss, paralysis, blindness, etc. The ultra-high bandwidth BCI would help people with epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease to control external devices merely by thinking. Neuralink has finally received regulatory approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to conduct the first clinical trial of its brain chips on humans.
Blackrock Neurotech was founded in 2008 and specializes in the advancement of neural interfaces for research and clinical applications. Blackrock is doing a commendable job in developing highly precise BCI devices that would help people with mobility problems with tasks like eating, drinking, even sending emails, and operating robotic arms just through their thoughts. The BCI developed by its research team produces brain typing at up to 90 characters per minute, demonstrating 94% accuracy. With 19+ years of human and brain study, 30k+ days of implant research, and 1k+ research institutes, Blackrock Neurotech got FDA’s approval in 2021, for the BCI system to provide patients with mobility disorders, the ability to control devices.
Neurable was established in 2015 and initially targeted the AR/VR gaming industry. It has developed software tools and BCI solutions that enable real-time interpretation of brain signals using electroencephalography (EEG). Their ultimate goal is to create everyday BCI that would help control external devices or could be used as a neurofeedback training tool.
Synchron is among the first companies which solved the issue of delivering electronics throughout the brain, without an open surgery. It has succeeded in developing an endovascular BCI making treatments minimally invasive and surgical. The prime neurological technology being developed by Synchron has wide-ranging therapeutic applications. It has launched a new frontier for the treatment of neurological diseases; Neurointerventional Electrophysiology (Neuro EP) platform is built on stentrode, an endovascular electrode array. The technology is set to transform three medical verticals– neuroprosthetic, neuromodulation, and neurodiagnostic, which will help treat conditions like paralysis and epilepsy and also map brain injury.
Emotiv Systems Inc.
Emotiv is a bioinformatics and technology company that develops and manufactures everyday wearable electroencephalography (EEG) products including a wide range of neuroheadsets. They are also into providing software development kits and data products. Founded in 2011, Emotiv is an emerging pioneer in wireless, portable, wearable EEG technology and is working towards democratizing EEG research and technology globally. Emotiv is also known for its world’s largest anonymous EEG database.
Founded in 2016 by Bryan Johnson, Kernel is a full-stack neurotech company, working on precise cognitive technologies and non-invasive BCI systems. They focus on precision neuroscience and have also reviewed and participated in the case study – “Understanding Psychedelic Neuro Effects”. Kernel has developed a tool – Kernel Flow that can measure neuro-effects longitudinally, measure a ketamine-induced state, and can be worn during an altered state of consciousness. The tool has the potential to gather both EEG data and full-head coverage fMRI-like data from the cortex.
Started in 2010 by researchers at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, Bitbrain is at the forefront of B2B neurotechnology solutions. It is an ISO-9001 and ISO-13485 accredited company showcasing the highest quality standards. They have launched some excellent EEG- brain sensing devices, wearables, and monitoring software solutions like- dry EEG, semi-dry EEG, biosignal, and eye-tracking hardware products. Bitbrain software tools provide can be used for the development of applications and to acquire, visualize, and export data. With 20+ years of R&D in neurotechnology and neuroscience, and with 25+ projects with 250 partners, Bitbrain is making a mark in human behaviour research and cognitive enhancement in health. The software solutions provided by them are – Multimodal Sync Data Acquisition and Biometrics Data Analysis. Consumer. Bitbrain also provides- Consumer Research Labs and Cognitive Enhancement labs as complete solutions.
BrainCo took birth out of Harvard Innovation Lab and has been developing cognitive training technology products, and using machine learning, design, and neuroscience to create highly precise cognitive-based applications. BrainCo’s newest product FocusCalm – is an advanced EEG wearable that helps users train their brains for better focus and a calmer mind. Focus software development kit helps in the integration of EEG technology in products and services. BrainCo has a family of brands namely –
- Neuromaker for biotech and neuroscience STEM solutions
- FocusCalm solutions for athletes, wellness seekers
- BrainRobotics is the Next Generation of upper limb prosthetics
Precision Neuroscience has a strong pursuit of neural engineering. They aim to build powerful, minimally invasive BCI implants using cranial micro-slit technique, to help with neurological conditions. They are widely known for their technology stack for high-resolution electrode arrays and non-damaging upgradeable interfaces.
BrainGate is a technology company that develops and tests devices that are built on the premise of neurotechnology. They have an extensive research board comprising of areas like –
- Assistive communication
- Movement restoration
- Speech restoration