1. Brain Chip Breakthrough Enables Paralyzed Man to Move Hand
As we explained in a recent article, Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, OH, was able to move a paralyzed hand--using only his thoughts thanks to a brain implant known as Neurobridge.
The technology, developed by researchers at Ohio State University and the nonprofit research organization Battelle, is said to mark one of the first times that a chip implanted inside the brain of a paralyzed patient has allowed the patient to once again use thoughts to move paralyzed limbs. Burkhart was able to perform a variety of actions, including opening and closing his fist, and picking up a spoon. It was the first time he moved his hand in four years.