New Device Allows Paralyzed Man to Use Mind for Movement
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A device that was 10 years in the making has allowed a 23-year-old quadriplegic man to move his hand via a tiny implanted brain chip. The device, called the Neurobridge, uses algorithms that learn and decipher brain activity with the brain chip and a high-definition muscle stimulation sleeve that translates the brain’s neural impulses. The sleeve then transmits new signals to the paralyzed hand by bypassing the injured spinal cord. The brain chip must be implanted precisely in the area of the brain that controls arm and hand movements for the success of the device. A total of five participants are expected to participate in this first clinical study on the safety and efficacy of the device.
A quadriplegic man was able to move his hand simply by willing it to happen with his mind–a medical breakthrough made possible with the help of a new device still in its testing phase. This April, researchers planted a tiny chip that interprets brain signals into the part of Burkhart's brain that controls hand and arm movements.
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