Social Media Sidebar


Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.


Stephen Hawking


Chip in paralyzed man's brain lets him move his own hand

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2014 03:27 AM by AlexMuller

The breakthrough was made possible by the insertion of a microchip in the part of the man's brain that controls movement of his arms during an operation in April. Although the power of thought has been used in the past to move artificial limbs, this is the first time that a quadriplegic has been able to move one of his own.

The chip, just 0.15 of an inch wide and with 96 electrodes that can read thoughts, was inserted into a port into the American man's skull, and connected to a computer via a normal computer lead. The electrodes deciphered the messages Burkhart was sending to his brain and the computer translated them into commands which were then sent, via a "sleeve" containing more electrodes around his forearm, which stimulated the muscles in his hand, making them obey the brain's commands. It took Burkhart just one-tenth of a second from thinking about moving his arm to moving it.
The breakthrough was a combined effort between the surgeons and spinal specialists of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and specialist engineers from Battelle, a non-profit engineering company, who had created something called Neurobridge, which creates a virtual spinal cord using microchip technology. After the operation, Burkhart suffered terrible headaches and wasn't allowed to watch TV or movies as the specialists had forbidden him to concentrate on anything.

Tags: brainthoughtbrain computer interfaceBCIchip

Read original article » Back to category


Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-28
This is a remarkable achievement! . This example, where a chip implanted in the brain can be used to move a patient's paralysed arm, highlights how important is collaboration between medical doctors and engineers Reply


Recent headlines

  • Posted in Science on 2017-07-22 19:37:47
    Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York more
    Posted in Business on 2017-07-22 19:05:15
    China Plans to Use AI to Gain Global Economic more
    Posted in Online on 2017-07-22 18:56:55
    Google Cloud gets a new networking algorithm that more
    Posted in Business on 2017-07-22 18:50:53
    Bitcoin avoids split into two more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-07-21 13:25:35
    Elon Musk thinks a moon base would fire up public more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs, more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Obesity is top cause of preventable life-years lost, study more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Light can be utilized to control gene more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Brain stimulation restores memory during lapses, research more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Wax worm caterpillar will eat plastic shopping bags: more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Remember me

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Verify password:
Remember me