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Implant helps paralyzed man move his hand

By T.K. Randall
April 14, 2016 · Comment icon 4 comments

Implants can be used to detect and interpret signals from the brain. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Andrew Mason
Scientists have been working on a way to help paralysis patients regain some movement in their hands.
Six years ago Ian Burkhart had been an otherwise fit and healthy college freshman until a freak diving accident saw him break his neck and left him paralyzed from the chest down.

Not all was lost however as not long afterwards the 24-year-old become a guinea pig in a revolutionary new experiment designed to return the movement to one of his hands by implanting electrodes in his brain capable of sensing the neural activity associated with hand movement.
Fast forward to the present day and now, by using a special computer interface, Burkhart is able to use his paralyzed hand to pick up objects, pour a drink, stir a cup and even play the guitar.

While it is currently only possible for him to do this while connected up in the laboratory, the researchers are optimistic that systems like this will eventually be available in the home too.

Source: New York Post | Comments (4)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Gingitsune 7 years ago
I need something like that to improve my dismissal skill at flamenco. -_-
Comment icon #2 Posted by GreenmansGod 7 years ago
This is just wonderful, I hope it will help a lot of my MS buddies who have lost ability to move.
Comment icon #3 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
This is just wonderful, I hope it will help a lot of my MS buddies who have lost ability to move. I never thought about MS implications. That would be so nice.
Comment icon #4 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Reminds me of the "wired reflexes" that are a staple in a lot of cyberpunk novels.

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