Now Paralyzed People will walk, Thanks to Flexible Spinal Cord implants

EPFL's spinal cord implant prototype

Doctors are still aiming to help their paralyzed patients walk again through the use of implants stimulating their spinal cords, however current technology makes that impossible.  This is due to the stiff, unnatural gadgets that over time result in damaging or inflaming nervous tissue, but Swiss researchers may have resolved that problem once and for all. Their bendy e-Dura implant combines flexible electrodes (made of platinum and silicon microbeads), cracked gold electronic tracks and fluidic microchannels that deliver electrical impulses AND chemicals, all while mimicking the spine’s movements and avoiding friction. Test runs on paralyzed rats in lab tests resulting in them walking again after only a few weeks and continue to wear their implants after a two month period.
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Tiny Strikes & 3D Implants Indies – WIRed #116

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It’s time for Episode 116 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a tiny A-Frame House, a 3D-printed vertebra implant, from Microsoft to Nintendo to indie games, and the art of striking in pro wrestling! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and professional wrestling. Continue reading “Tiny Strikes & 3D Implants Indies – WIRed #116”

Forget You, Spinal Cord! A New Device Allows Brain To Move Paralyzed Limbs Without You!

Ladies and gentlemen, for the very first time, a paralyzed man is able to move his hand and fingers via his own thoughts, due to an innovative partnership between the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle.  The patient, Ian Burkhart, is a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, and is the inaugural patient — of a potential five patients — for the new Neurobridge technological clinical study.  Neurobridge is an electronic neural bypass device intended  for spinal cord injuries, and it reconnects the brain directly to muscles, essentially bypassing the injured spinal cord and allows voluntary and functional control of any particular paralyzed limb Continue reading “Forget You, Spinal Cord! A New Device Allows Brain To Move Paralyzed Limbs Without You!”