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Jean Vettel: Brainwave-Based Threat Detection Helmet Could be Ready for US Army in 25 Years

ArmyChopperThe U.S. Army has exhibited a head-mounted brainwave-sensing technology that is intended to help train computers on identifying threats in the battlefield.

Jean Vettel, a neuroscientist with the Army Research Laboratory, and the translational neuroscience branch are developing electroencephalography sensors that she indicated could be available for the Army within a few decades, the Army said May 18.

“What we are interested in doing is recording ongoing brain dynamics so we can have technology adapt to our soldiers,” Vettel said.

The brainwave-sensing system is meant to develop an algorithm that Vettel said could “distinguish threatening from non-threatening images” based on a soldier’s brain waves produced by heightened “anxiety, fear and tension.”

The images of what the Army labels as threats will come from the stock imagery collected by the service’s robotic assets.

The research lab plans to develop the training materials for the algorithm by connecting the EEGs to deployed soldiers and tagging an appropriate image as a threat.

Vettel showcased the EEG headgear on May 14 during the Defense Department Lab Day at the Pentagon.

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