A new technology enables patients to type using thought alone, Medpage Today reports. A combination of a thought-translation computer program and electrodes embedded between the skull and the brain facilitates typing for those who otherwise can’t, particularly those with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This technology, which has been tested on one patient, is considered an alternative to eye-tracking technology.
This implant is said to be the first of its kind for patients at home, and can decode movements and imagined gestures. So far, the patient using the technology, a 59-year-old woman, can simply think about typing and manage to actually press two letters per minute (which is slower than eye-tracking technology but is more reliable outdoors than eye-tracking).
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