BrainGate 18 May 2012
BrainGate is a Neural Interface System that allows severely disabled individuals - including those with traumatic spinal cord injury and loss of limbs - to communicate and control physical devices through thought.
The interface comprises a sensor implanted in the user's brain, which "reads" his or her thoughts, and a decoder, which turns those thoughts into instructions that a computer can interpret.
In the video below, a paralysed woman uses her mind to instruct a robotic arm to help her to pick up and drink a coffee:
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