Iron-Man-HUD_opt-e1394048489779Tufts University scientists are developing revolutionary tech that will directly link the human brain with computers and enhance individuals’ abilities to do anything from recommending movies to managing air traffic control. The key component of the bleeding-edge tech coming out of the school’s Human Computer Interaction Lab is a headband that uses functional infrared spectroscopy to scan how much light the brain is currently absorbing, which is a direct indicator of the amount of brain power being used. Scanning the brain in this way lets computers assess whether the human brain is capable of a task, bored, or tired. In the case of an air traffic controller, the headband could read the exact time a controller’s brain becomes overworked, and automatically transfer a portion of their workload to a fellow controller. MORE