Quadriplegic man’s arm and hand brought back to life by thought-control tech

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Embargoed to 2330 Tuesday March 28 Undated handout photo issued by EurekAlert of quadriplegic Bill Kochevar using thought-controlling technology to move his right arm and hand after eight years. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 28, 2017. See PA story HEALTH Arm. Photo credit should read: Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland FES Center/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Bill Kochevar, 56, was paralysed below his shoulders in a cycling accident eight years ago but can now grasp and lift objects after having two pill-sized electrodes implanted in his brain.

The electrodes record the activity of brain neurons to generate signals that tell another device to stimulate muscles in the paralysed limb.

During trials held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr Kochevar raised a mug of water to his lips and drank from a straw.

He also scooped forkfuls of mashed potato from a bowl. Read full report.

 


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