See How Thoughts Can Move Paralyzed Muscles

See How Thoughts Can Move Paralyzed Muscles


‘I was 19. “ “I was playing in the waves in the ocean. I dove into a wave which pushed me down into a sandbar where I snapped my neck.” “I injured my spinal cord at the C-5 level which means I have pretty good function of my biceps and my arms but no function of about from my elbows down.” “So, I can move my arm around but I can’t move my hands or anything below that.” Ian Burkhart is a quadriplegic confined to this wheelchair for most of the day. “The hardest thing for me being a quadriplegic is my loss of independence “There’s a lot of things that I need to ask someone for help with now .” But now Ian is helping researchers develop technology that could get him moving again. “Neurobridge is a technology that we’ve developed to link brain activity directly to movement.” It reads a person’s thoughts to help move paralyzed muscles “We’re actually using a tiny chip in the motor cortex, the area responsible for movement in the brain, and we’re actually decoding or deciphering those signals so we can tell what kind of movement a person is thinking about and would actually like to achieve and then we’re taking those signals, mapping them right to the muscles and allowing someone who is paralyzed to move again.” Using this technology, Ian is the first
quadriplegic person to move his fingers and his hand by just thinking about it. To do it he
had a chip implanted in his brain that reads
electrical signals. “These tiny little signals are coming
from the neurons that are firing as we say, in the brain.” These neurons are still sending the same signals it did before Ian’s accident… Instead of the signal’s going to Ian’s spine, they are now picked up by the chip in his brain. “Once we are able to recognize those signals in the brain, we’re able to actually route them around the spinal cord injury in this case, and then translate the signals into a language that the muscles can understand.” That signal is transmitted to a sleeve that is fitted around Ian’s arm. It stimulates his muscles to move activating the ones he is thinking about
and it all happens in a split second. “In order for me to pick up the mug, I have to really concentrate on going into a rest state initially just so I can kind of calm down my brain activity and then I focus on extending my hand to open and extend all my fingers so I can get my hand around the mug. Then I focus on closing my hand as tight as I can.” It’s a major move forward for Ian, but
neurosurgeon Darlene Lobel from the Cleveland Clinic believes there’s still more work to be
done. “There are other similar technologies that involve brain implants of electrodes such as this. Now some of these electrodes over a period of time will either stop working or they will not work as well. It will be important to see the long term studies with Neurobridge to know whether these electrodes continue to work and have stability over time.” But for Ian…performing a simple task like this is something he hasn’t done in four
years. “I’ll remember that first moment when we turned on the system and Ian attempted to move his hand, actually he was just trying to open and close his hand, but he was able to do it that day. And it was absolutely an amazing moment.” “It was a surreal experience to see my hand moving but I can’t really feel my hand moving. Since I lack the sensation on my hands, I had to really rely on my sight, but knowing I could control my hand to open and close it to pick something up, was a great feeling.” Ian is the
researchers’ first success with this technology. “We believe that is this the first time that actual signals from within the brain have been linked to movement through the use of the muscles, the actual muscles of someone who is paralyzed. These promising results set the stage for testing Neurobridge
on more patients. “The biggest thought for me is the sense of hope for the future … to see if they can take some technology like this and push it along forward.” Science moving forward for Ian and
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29 Replies to “See How Thoughts Can Move Paralyzed Muscles”

  1. The brain send signal to the hand but the signals from the hand is not sending back…basically turns his hand into a wrench. Not sure how I feel about that

  2. Why not just voice control? just say: open/close etc seems a hell of lot easier than implanting a chip in a brain…

  3. I had the same thing happen to me. Got hit by a massive wave and burst one of my ear drums. Almost snapped my neck. Couldn't walk or hear very well for a week.

  4. So good it’s scary. A start for new super soldiers maybe ?Transforming brain signals into binary numbers is mind blowing.

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  6. So is it the brain or the spine that controls the movement of the body? Signal from the brain. Hypnosis is said to help with paralysis!

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