June 26, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani
The pioneering NeuroBridge system bypasses spinal cord damage to help a paraplegic man move his hand on command, without the use of robotics or computers.
Researchers touted a major breakthrough this week when a paraplegic patients successfully moved his own hand using only signals from his own mind.
The technology is comprised of a microchip implanted in the brain and a “sleeve” laden with electrodes that stimulates the muscles in the arm in precise coordination with signals from the brain. Unlike other technologies that rely on robotics or computers to move paralyzed limbs, the so-called “NeuroBridge” system translates brain signals into muscle stimulation.