Just Recently, Phillip O Keefe, a 62 year old from Australia with ALS took control of Synchron CEO Thomas Oxleys twitter and tweeted this:
Phillip sent this tweet by utilizing Synchrons Brain Computer Interface that can track thoughts and convert them into digital actions– either to communicate with others or carry out actions on a computer. This is an essential achievement in the assistive technology field, especially for those who are not able to use their hands for clicking and typing or mouth for voice commands needed to communicate with gadgets.
What is the setup that Phil uses and how does it work?.
Phillip got the stentrode, the neural implant that converts ideas into electrical signals in April 2020 following his progressive paralysis brought on by ALS which left him unable to carry out day-to-day activities. Ever since, he has been utilizing this technology to remain in touch with family and continue his company work.
1. The Node: Consists of a) stentrode put on top of the motor cortex that converts ideas into signals and b) an internal receiver transmitter unit location in the chest under the skin. This transmitter records the signals sent by the stentrode and provides cordless transmission to external devices.
2. Axon: The external gadget that detects raw brain signals and transforms them into digital commands that can be recognized by bluetooth devices.
3. Brain.io: The software that utilizes translated brain activity to control gadgets and apps.
See the following video where Phillip demonstrates how he utilizes brain.io to operate a computer.
Source: IFL Science, Business Wire.
The Node: Consists of a) stentrode positioned on top of the motor cortex that transforms thoughts into signals and b) an internal receiver transmitter unit location in the chest under the skin. This transmitter records the signals sent by the stentrode and supplies cordless transmission to external gadgets.
To read more about this technology, device, training and other details, be sure to check out the “Motor neuroprosthesis implanted with neurointerventional surgery improves capacity for activities of daily living jobs in severe paralysis: very first in-human experience” paper in the Journal of NeuroIntervention Surgery.