March 31, 2005

Brainwave Pong

The Guardian reports that a paralyzed man has been fitted with a brain implant "that allows him to control everyday objects by thought alone."

During the three-hour operation, electrodes were attached to the surface of Mr Nagle's brain. They were positioned just above the sensory motor cortex, where the neural signals for controlling arm and hand movement are produced. ... In the most recent tests, performed earlier this year, Mr Nagle was able to use thought to open and close an artificial prosthetic hand and move a robotic arm to grab sweets from one person's hand and drop them in another. He has also sharpened his skills at computer games by playing the old arcade game Pong.

How cool is that? Answer: pretty cool.

Posted by Jason at March 31, 2005 6:57 AM | TrackBack
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