Nick Annetta, right, of Battelle, watches as Ian Burkhart, 24, plays a guitar video game using his paralysed hand. A computer chip in Burkhart’s brain reads his thoughts, decodes them, then sends signals to a sleeve on his arm that allows him to move his hand. Photos: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre

Computer chip in brain lets quadriplegic play video game, offering paralysed new hope

In a scientific breakthrough, prototype device that sends brain signals directly to patient’s muscles, bypassing injured spinal cord, gives 24-year-old functional control of his hand

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Nick Annetta, right, of Battelle, watches as Ian Burkhart, 24, plays a guitar video game using his paralysed hand. A computer chip in Burkhart’s brain reads his thoughts, decodes them, then sends signals to a sleeve on his arm that allows him to move his hand. Photos: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre
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