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LEDE: Engineers are literally extending the reach of brains…allowing them to send signals that can operate machines and open up new human potential.
Randy Atkins: Tiny brain implants created in the lab of Rikky Muller, at the University of California, Berkeley, can wirelessly transmit information.
Rikky Muller: We can use devices that record brain signals directly from the motor cortex of the brain and interpret these signals as movements.
Randy Atkins: Muller says it could operate, say, an amputee’s robotic arm…bypassing the nervous system unencumbered by wires.
Rikky Muller: That can give some level of autonomy back to the patient who can now take a drink of water, or use a computer on their own.
Randy Atkins: Since it’s fully implanted and wireless, Muller says infection risks would be minimized and patients could live at home while being monitored remotely. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.