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Biotech Innovations
February 12, 2019

Advanced Brain-Computer Interface for People With Paralysis

JAMA. 2019;321(6):537. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.0294

In a recent study in PLOS One, a 63-year-old man with tetraplegia caused by a spinal cord injury sent his first text messages with an off-the-shelf consumer tablet paired to an intracortical brain-computer interface (iBCI). He and 2 other participants with limited arm and hand mobility due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also used the iBCI to browse the internet, send emails, chat with researchers, stream music, watch videos, check the weather, and read the news—all by simply thinking about the tasks.