Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Man To Move Hand Through Thoughts
When equipped with a device, the 24-year-old man regains enough use of his right hand to grasp a bottle and hold a toothbrush. Researchers hope the technology will help patients with similar spinal cord injuries.
Technology Helps A Paralyzed Man Transform Thought Into Movement
Ian Burkhart, now 24, was paralyzed in 2010 after diving into a wave in shallow water. The accident left him with some arm movement but no use of his hands. Then, about two years ago, scientists in Ohio equipped Burkhart with a system that allowed him to control his right wrist and hand with his thoughts. "The first time moving my hand — that was really just like that flicker of hope," Burkhart told reporters during a media briefing Tuesday. The briefing was held to publicize a study in this week's issue of Nature, which describes Burkhart's progress since he started using the system. (Hamilton, 4/13)
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Study: Brain Implant Lets Paralyzed Man Regain Use Of Hand
Burkhart's case is described in a paper released Wednesday by the journal Nature. It's the latest report from research that has let paralyzed people operate robotic arms, computers and other devices with signals picked up by brain implants, or regain use of paralyzed muscles by sending signals from other muscles they still control. (Ritter, 4/13)