Philip O’Keefe, 62, of Australia, has become the first person in the world to send a social media message simply by thinking. He made a tweet out of the thought that came to him. He wrote in the message that it was no longer necessary to type or say anything on the keyboard; this message was created solely through thought.
Patients who are paralyzed will receive assistance.
Philip’s upper body has become completely paralyzed. He has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) for the past seven years and is unable to move his upper limbs. It’s a kind of motor neuron disorder. Synchron, a California-based neurovascular and bioelectronics medicine company, has developed the ‘Stentrod,’ a brain computer interface that will change the lives of millions of people like O’Keefe.
This technology allows users to work on a computer solely by thinking. ‘When I first heard about this technology, I expected it to be useful in some way,’ says O’Keefe. However, it has provided me with complete freedom. This system, i.e. learning to ride a bike, is incredible. This will take some time to master. It becomes second nature once you’ve gotten used to it.
Banking, shopping, and sending e-mails are all made simple.
Now all I have to think about is where to click, and banking, shopping, and sending e-mails become simple. Philip sent the message using Synchron CEO Thomas Oxley’s Twitter handle. “These fascinating messages from Philip are important milestones for the implantable brain-computer interface,” says Oxley. Many people, including Philip, will be able to become self-sufficient despite their severe paralysis as a result of this.
Patients who used Stantrod had a clicking accuracy of 93 percent, according to Oxley. They have a typing speed of 14 to 20 characters per minute. The unique aspect of this procedure is that it is performed through the jugular vein, eliminating the need for brain surgery.
A blood vessel in the neck is used to implant the stentrod. Sensors are installed on these vessels to record movement. Telemetry allows brain signals to reach the transmitter on the chest. The signals are then converted into computer commands after they have been processed. The Eye Tracker aids in cursor navigation.