It sounds like science fiction: a device that can reconnect a paralyzed person’s brain to his or her body. But that’s exactly what the experimental NeuroLife system does. Developed by Battelle and Ohio State University, NeuroLife uses a brain implant, an algorithm and an electrode sleeve to give paralysis patients back control of their limbs. For Ian Burkhart, NeuroLife’s first test subject, the implications could be life-changing.
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The things we can invent today, to get independent lives are very amazing.
From artificial arms, to artificial legs and so much more.
Science and studying of our really incredible body, really helps to solve the problems we face from time to time.
I really hope this man will help the next generation, who also may have the problem as well ;-)
Hope modern medicine and technology will get to a point where nobody is hindered in either health, performance or appearance so everyone can life their lives without any obstacles or unfair disadvantages. Even looks play a huge role ofc way less than any handicap or health problem, but still its sad that a lot of people dont get the same chances partners or happiness the stunners take for granted.
All these people talking about "lelelel move military money into science xDDDD!!!!!"
Meanwhile the money we spend on things like welfare, social security, and government programs going to useless things far exceeds the actual defense of our country and others.
This is insane !!! It's unacceptable , it's like they find a way even if they do it to all the population to become disable or with multiple handicap , they still find a way for you to live the life ! I can't believe what I'm seeing , no offence people , but it's unacceptable ! THINK !!!! This is a business for them just like the hospitals in the big city's !!! THINK ?
Cybernetics are slowly but very closely becoming a mainstream technology. Soon the world is literally gonna look like something out of those cyberpunk movies and whatnot. Fully robotic arms, legs, even organs at this rate. It's kinda scarry to think about but also kinda amazing.
If they are using an electronic device connected to his mind to transmit signals to his muscles he can't use otherwise isn't he technically the first cyborg?
Also doesn't that reeeaaaaaally fucking hurt if he stubs that port on his head on like a lamp or something ?
I'd think a limitation is not getting sensory feedback. You don't feel your touch, movement of muscles and joints.. but it's certainly quite cool :) It's basically like the ab-exercise bands you can use while doing other things, except this is activated on the basis of brain activity. We've been able to read brain activity for quite a while with EEG so it really isn't that surprising.
after watching this i only feel thankful for science for helping differently abled people to experience new things and also amazed how supercomplex, yet simple our body is and efficient at doing tasks like these which we don't even have to think voluntarily about