BRAIN IMPLANTS TURN IMAGINED LETTERS INTO TEXT ON A DIGITAL DISPLAY
Modern science and technology are continuously inventing and testing new ways to medically assist those living with disabilities such as paralysis.
Krishna Shenoy is an American neuroscientist and neuroengineer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Stanford University who supervised a breakthrough experiment where a 65-year-old man living with paralysis has two grids of minute electrodes implanted in the surface of his brain which is able to read electrical activity incredibly precisely in the part of the brain that is responsible for the careful control of hand and finger movements.
The patient would then imagine letters to form a word that would ultimately form a sentence. The complex algorithms were able to decode the brains electrical activity and signals into letters which then automatically project them on a screen.
The patient was able to produce 90 characters which is around 15 words per minute, which is an average smartphone typing speed of a 65-year-old.
This whole concept is still in very early stages, but the experiment was considered a huge success. This ultimately goes to prove that brain implants are most definitely valuable and will most likely become a part of life in the near future.