As technology advances it’s important to remember that the march of progress doesn’t just exist to bring us faster Wi-Fi and better screen resolution, but to make life better for people around the world. The latest development in microtechnology is a wireless implant which might allow victims of paralysis to regain control of their limbs.
BrainGate is a newly developed program which combines the research of several university teams in order to give paralyzed patients use of their limbs. The technology is very similar to techniques used to move computerized prosthetic limbs, though it is currently still in its developmental stages. Thanks to BrainGate’s system, patients may one day be able to use mental signals sent via a computer chip to command the muscles which their bodies no longer have control over.
This amazing technology will work with an implanted 16-channel sensor, which will be used to record brain signals and monitor for commands relating to a connected limb. The command will then be relayed wirelessly to a computer before the signal is translated into a command for electrical stimulators which will prompt the muscle into motion.
So far, the BrainGate’s technology is limited to single-arm movement, but research regarding controlling both legs is well underway.