This Device Lets Paralyzed Patients Control a Computer With Their Brain

New York Observer—November 18, 2016

New York Observer reports that a new brain implant may allow people with degenerative disorders such as ALS to communicate better with their eyes if the rest of their body is completely paralyzed.

The implant is a brain-computer interface that allows a person to control an electronic device using only his or her brain waves, no movement required. Patients may be able to learn how to communicate using the system within two months.

"Anytime you can take thoughts and transform them into movements is groundbreaking," said Dale J. Lange, MD, chair of neurology at HSS. "It's an amazing start. We desperately need new communication devices for people who have lost their ability to move."

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