17 Apr '11, 9pm

Implant lets you move things with your mind: This is the remarkable world of the brain-computer interface, or BC...

PROVIDENCE (Rhode Island) - The robotic arm clutched a glass and swung it over a series of coloured dots. Behind it, a woman sat immobile in a wheelchair. Slowly, the arm put the glass down, narrowly missing one of the dots. "She's doing that!" exclaimed Professor John Donoghue, watching a video of the scene on his computer, though the woman onscreen had not moved. The patient was not satisfied with her near miss and the robot arm lifted the glass again. After a brief hover, it positioned the glass on the dot. The woman, who is almost completely paralysed, was using Prof Donoghue's ground-breaking technology to control the robot arm using her thoughts. Called BrainGate, the device is implanted into her brain and hooked up to a computer to which she sends mental commands. This is the remarkable world of the brain-computer interface, or BCI, of which BrainGate is one of the ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110418-0000310/Implan...

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