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'Neural Bypass' Links Brain To Hand To Get Around Paralysis (ieee.org) 37

An anonymous reader writes: People who are paralyzed from a spinal cord injury still generate movement commands in their brains, but those commands can't travel down their spinal cords and peripheral nerves to reach their muscles. So biomedical engineers came up with a "neural bypass" to route brain signals around the roadblock. The system has just been demonstrated by a human patient for the first time. The patient has a brain implant to record signals from his motor cortex which are sent to a computer, where a decoder algorithm figures out which signals correspond to which specific imagined movements. It then sends a command to a sleeve of electrodes the patient wears on his forearm, which stimulates his muscles in precise patterns to produce the desired hand movement. The patient has already poured from a bottle, stirred with a swizzle stick, swiped a credit card, and played Guitar Hero.
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'Neural Bypass' Links Brain To Hand To Get Around Paralysis

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  • But if you use this to masturbate, does it feel like a stranger?

    • I was thinking of those paralyzed below the waist and how this tech is needed not for their arms but between their legs.

      • by oic0 ( 1864384 )
        Didn't see feeling mentioned, just control. Making it dance isn't very life changing.
  • One part of this consist in controlling a body's movements with an external device - the fact that this device is in turn controlled by the brain occupying the body is another part, but it doesn't have to be that way, obviously. IOW, it is now possible, if not easy, to take control of other people's bodies. Just imagine the potential; it isn't all good.

  • Just about the time that this neural bypass becomes practical there will probably be a way to regenerate broken nerves. Technology floats a lot of new boats and those boats seem to rise about the same time.
  • by Impy the Impiuos Imp ( 442658 ) on Thursday April 14, 2016 @10:46AM (#51907675) Journal

    "But what about...?"

    "I'd try it out on a hot dog first."

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"