Led by a 16-year-old high school student, Brane Interface is a technology startup working to develop a low-cost, compact brain-computer interface that can operate without the need to be in direct contact with the brain but instead worn within headphones or under a hat.
By using a single atomic layer of carbon (graphene), Brane Interface plans to link a human brain with an external device, such as a smartphone or computer, in a non-invasive way by sensing the faint magnetic fields of human thought. The applications for the technology could include participation in fully immersive entertainment systems or assisting those who have been paralyzed or have had amputations to have control over artificial limbs.
Currently, Brane Interface has two prototypes of the invention that use a thin polymer and is currently working on a third prototype utilizing a graphene membrane (thus the name “Brane”).
After completing a computer model using Math-Cad software, we set out to make a proof-of-concept prototype of our magnetic field sensor.
We decided to make a much smaller prototype using photolithography.
Now it’s time to make a “real” device using a single atomic layer of carbon.
I’m currently a sophomore at Saint Andrew’s High School in Austin, Texas. In addition to experimenting with brain-computer interface systems, I’m also working on an efficient power switch that may replace the “semi” conductor switches now used in variable speed drives, electric cars, etc. After college I would like to build Brane Interface into a large company that challenges big tech’s “Frightful 5” with a series of devices that offer a much more natural way to interface with the digital world.