Losing one’s agency and control over one’s own body can make people lose hope and the will to live. But what if the neural signals in our brain could be decoded such that we can perform the intentions we have in mind? Well, that’s the mission of BrainGate.
Three people paralyzed from the neck down have been able to use unmodified computer tablets to text friends, browse the internet and stream music, thanks to an electrode array system called BrainGate2.
The system uses an array of micro-electrodes implanted into the brain which decode, in real time, the neural signals associated with the intention to move a limb.
The participants shared some of their experiences and thoughts about the system with Rachel England and you can read more about it on her article at Engadget.
(Image credit: BrainGate)