18-Nov-2020 | Market Research Store

Recently, a team of researchers from The Royal Melbourne Hospital has created aminiature device that is almost the size of a tiny paperclip to aid upper limb paralysis sufferers to email, text, or even shop online. The device has currently completed its first human trial with flying colors. The new technology has been named Stentrode™ and this device has already been implanted in two patients suffering from severe paralysis due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also referred to as motor neuron disease (MND). The people with the inability to move their limbs now have an option to write or shop. The new finding published in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery clearly specifies the Stentrode™ to wirelessly help restore the transfer of brain signals or impulses out of the body. Surprisingly, it allowed patients perform their daily tasks like shopping, online banking, and texting just like any normal individual.

Professor Peter Mitchell from The Royal Melbourne Hospital suggested their latest findings to be a promising fair that can be safely implanted in the patients for further use. This is the first-ever time that an operation of this kind can be carried out without any future side effects. However, the first human trial has definitely raised the regarding this new device. The new device was implanted through the blood vessel just next to the motor cortex located in the brain using a small 'keyhole' incision in the neck procedure. There is still more optimization and advancement required as every patient’s brain anatomy and recovery time is different.

This new invention is a breakthrough for the field of brain-computer interfaces. The researchers are excited about commercializing and getting their fully implantable, take home, wireless technology patented as soon as possible. Moreover, there is no requirement for open brain surgery at the time of this procedure. The ability of the device to restore function and the freedom in people with severe disability is amazing and mesmerizing. Additionally, the combination of Stentrode™ with an eye-tracker for cursor navigation to control the computer-based operating system helped avoid the use of a keyboard or mouse. Also, the machine learning-assisted training helped make clicking actions quick. The power of engineered implants to control external equipment through thoughts is truly amazing.

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