About this author
Zack Lynch is author of The Neuro Revolution: How Brain Science Is Changing Our World (St. Martin's Press, July 2009).
He is the founder and executive director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO) and co-founder of NeuroInsights. He serves on the advisory boards of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies, Science Progress, and SocialText, a social software company. Please send newsworthy items or feedback - to Zack Lynch.
Follow me on Twitter at @neurorev
Receive by email

TNRCoverWeb120.jpg Buy on Amazon
In the Pipeline: Don't miss Derek Lowe's excellent commentary on drug discovery and the pharma industry in general at In the Pipeline

Brain Waves

« Mystical Mushrooms, Sure...but Spiritual Ritalin? | Main | Emerging Neurosociety Driven by Neuronanotechnology »

July 14, 2006

Implanting Hope with Neurodevices

Email This Entry

Posted by Zack Lynch

060712_brain_vmed_12p.widec.jpgBoston-based Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems continues to make headlines with it's cutting edge work on neural implants. In a study published in the journal Nature this week, the researchers describe how two paralyzed patients with a surgically implanted neural device successfully controlled a computer and, in one case, a robotic arm, using only their thoughts. The brain-computer interface used in the study consists of a tiny silicon chip containing 100 electrodes that record signals from hundreds of neurons in the motor cortex. A computer algorithm then translates this complex pattern of activity into a signal used to control an external device. We've been hearing about cognitive-based neuroprosthetics for years in monkeys and this is the first time such results have been achieved with neural implants in humans. Check out Nature for videos of the experiment or read Emily Singer's article at MIT Tech Review.

Comments (1) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Neurodevices


1. Kensai on July 15, 2006 5:12 PM writes...

At last BCIs get mainstream attention in one of the top science journals out there. By the way, the videos are really interesting. Especially the one at Technology Review which shows what Matthew Nagle can do with the power of thought.


Permalink to Comment


Email this entry to:

Your email address:

Message (optional):

Chinese Cover of The Neuro Revolution
The Neuro Revolution Lands In China
How Neuroscience Will Change the World - My Interview on
Neuroscience Hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday Sept 29, 2pm
The Neuro Revolution Published in Japan as "Neuro Wars"
Neurotech 2010: Translational Researchers Highlight Innovation
The Neuro Revolution in China Progressing
Speakers for Neurotech 2010 - Boston, May 19-20