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Imagine you are paralyzed, and are given the opportunity to regain control of a few key hand gestures. Which ones would you choose first? A tight fist? A handshake?
How about a credit card swipe?
That was the surprising answer Ian Burkhart gave when researchers from Battelle’s NeuroLife™ team asked him what he would like to work on next. Ian, who was paralyzed in a diving accident in 2011, is the first person to test the NeuroLife technology. Using a chip implanted in Ian’s brain, a sophisticated computer algorithm that interprets brain signals, and a specialized sleeve that sends those signals to Ian’s muscles, NeuroLife has given Ian the ability to consciously control his hand, wrist and fingers.