Paralysed Man Plays Video Game Using His Mind

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 9:43 PM

A computer chip fitted into his brain bypasses Ian Burkhart's injured spinal cord and his progress has astounded many experts.

Paralysed Man Plays Video Game Using His Mind

Scientists declare they're "thrilled" with the progress of a paralysed man who'd a computer chip implanted in his brain.

Ian Burkhart can presently play a video game, lift a bottle to his mouth, swipe a credit card, and choose up a phone after having a computer chip implanted in his brain.

The 24-year-old from Dublin, Ohio, had been left unable to move from the shoulders down after a diving accident six years ago.

He'd the chip fitted in April two thousand fourteen to test out OH State University'south neural bypass technology.

It bypasses his injured spinal cord and his progress has astounded many experts

When he thinks about emotional his hand, computer algorithms can decode his thoughts, translate them into electrical pulses on a sleeve which then create his arm muscles move.

He said: "It'south something that'south just so fluid it'south kind of love before I'd my injury."

He added: "When we first hooked everything up it was a huge shock, I hadn't moved in three-and-a-half years at that point.

"Presently it'south more something where I expect it to move."

He went on: "I've a lot more hope for the future now. I always knew, maybe some day, something would happen but presently I know for sure that something is happening."

Research scientist Doctor Ali Rezai said: "We're thrilled Ian has progressed so significantly with this technology over the past year.

"This provides hope for many patients in the future as this technology evolves and matures to assistance people who have disabilities from spinal cord injury, or traumatic vein injury or stroke to authorize them to be more functional and independent."

At the moment, the technology is Ltd to a laboratory. But the eventual aim is to create it wireless, Doctor Rezai said.

"One of our major goals is to create this easily available and prepared to be used by patients at home," he said.

"As this becomes more streamlined, hopefully over time it could be integrated into your phone which would communicate with your sleeve."

Another scientist Nick Anetta said the results have exceeded everyone's expectations.

"This is possible, you can get a human being who's paralysed and give them the opportunity to utilize that limb in a functional way."

The technology could potentially transmute the lives, helping people living with paralysis to regain greater control of their body.

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