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BraingateImagine this, a wheelchair bound patient controls a robotic arm without uttering a word or pushing a button. Yet, the robotic arm moves and does their bidding. How? The patient is controlling the robot with their thoughts. Sounds like science fiction right? But guess what? It's science fact - not fiction.

John Donoghue invented a technology beyond belief for a company called BrainGate. A real patient in a wheelchair had the BrainGate device implanted into their brain and hooked to a computer to which they sent mental commands that resulted in the machine doing what they wanted it to. The new technology is called BCI or brain-computer interface, and BrainGate is a major player in this new field. Illustration USPTO

And where is this technology heading? I think to one amazing place. This is what BrainGate has to say.

Advanced prosthetic devices are currently controlled with mechanical switches; however, we [BrainGate] believe that once perfected, implanted neural interfaces will provide a more natural control of these devices. Using brain signals to control movement should enable more real-time responses and allow for more complex use of these artificial limbs. BrainGate envisions a technology that bridges the gap between the brain and the limb. If  the patient still has the ability to "think" about movement, BrainGate has the potential to interpret and re-connect those signals, thus allowing the patient to move those limbs simply by thinking about it.

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April 26, 2011 at 9:26 am
(1) European Inventor Award says:

Very interesting article about an invention that has the potential to completely revolutionize the prosthetics industry. Check out our Facebook page to find other examples of groundbreaking inventions that have helped millions of people. http://www.facebook.com/europeaninventoraward

April 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm
(2) Mr Todd J Tocco says:

All I can say is “WOW”… Imagine how fast the mind and computer combined could work together solving problems ten times hundred times faster than that of a mere brain can do. Fighter pilots would love this type of technology. And so would all of the branches of military.

May 9, 2013 at 10:08 am
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May 15, 2013 at 1:43 am
(4) tariq says:

it is very good news to all the patient ,who had lost their leg or arms etc can install arm and leg ,and will not depend on other, the arm can also be use in space ,idt could repair space ship from outside and the engineer could give instruction from control room ,there is a wast field in this direction ,many work can be done ,if mind can controle macnine ,etc

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