Implant Enables Quadriplegic to Move Hand with Mind

By Nature | April 15, 2016

Technology could offer significant potential for reanimating paralyzed limbs and thought-controlled prosthetics.

After a broken neck left him quadriplegic, Ian Burkhart was told he would never be able to use his hands. Now he can grasp a bottle and pick up a credit card by using a computer plugged directly into his brain. Special software is able to decode his thoughts and convert them into electrical signals in his hand, bypassing the damaged nerves in his spine. Now Ian has regained an amazing degree of control over his hand, each movement stimulated by his own thoughts.

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