European researchers are taking brain research to the next level by connecting individual neurons with silicon chips.
With the help of Infineon who created a 1 mm microchip, the European researchers can go to the next step of neurology. The chip contains 16.384 transistors and a few hundred capacitors.
The nice thing is that the proteins which are found in the brain are playing the role of “adhesive‿, connecting the neurons to the microchip.
The proteins allowed the neuro-chip’s electronic components and its living cells to communicate with each other. Electrical signals from neurons were recorded using the chip’s transistors, while the chip’s capacitors were used to stimulate the neurons.
Now, the researchers are looking for ways to improve the neuron-to-chip interface and to make sure that no neuron is damaged in the process. Also, they are trying playing God and to introduce genes into the microchip.
This thing could make available new advancements in the treatment of neurological disorders, even some organic computing devices.