Researchers at The Ohio State University have successfully engineered an electronic neural bypass system that has allowed an individual who is quadriplegic to move his hand and fingers with his thoughts alone.
The system, dubbed Neurobridge, connects a microchip implanted on the motor cortex of a patient's brain to a computer, which uses algorithms to learn and interpret the patient's brain signals and send them on to a sleeve that stimulates the muscles required to perform a certain movement. Total time from thought to movement is reported to be less than a tenth of a second.
The system debuted recently when Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old man who was paralyzed in a swimming accident, clenched and unclenched his fingers, rotated his wrist, and picked up a spoon. Stories and videos on the trial have appeared in The Washington Post, ABC News, and Computerworld, among other media outlets.
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