(TheJournal.ie) – IAN BURKHART (24) was left paralysed by a spinal cord injury after breaking his neck while swimming on a family holiday.
But thanks to pioneering software, he has regained some use of his right hand, controlling it with signals relayed from electronic sensors in his brain.
The details of Burkhart’s remarkable situation were revealed in the journal Nature today.
Scientists at Ohio State University implanted a chip into the motor area of Burkhart’s brain, with a connector in the skull.
Once the system is connected, they show him specific images of different hand movements, and record the signals specifically from the brain which are associated with those movements. They then learn how to decipher those movements.
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