June 26, 2014

Neurobridge

Scinerds reports a "a breakthough technology that empowers paralyzed people to regain conscious control of their fingers, hands, wrists, and arms. Neurobridge bypasses damaged areas of the nervous system so the brain can communicate directly with the muscles". The system is described as "like a heart bypass," and I confess my enthusiasm for the system waned considerably when I read that it required surgery to imlplant a chip in the brain and saw that connection atop the patient's head. But the connections at the arm remind me of the electrical stimulation I use and I can't help wondering what application a system like this might have for my case and how it will be developed. The developers have more photos and a story at their site.