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Brain Computer Interface

Progress in medical science now enables people with severe paralysis to live for many years. Many of these individuals have great difficulty communicating. Some may even be entirely "locked in" to their bodies: their minds are functioning perfectly, but they cannot move a single muscle to communicate in any way. The capacity for simple communication could greatly improve the quality of their lives.

The Laboratory of Neural Injury and Repair at the Wadsworth Center has addressed this problem by developing a new generation of brain-based communication devices (brain-computer interfaces or BCIs) that can provide communication and control functions to people who have lost muscle control. By recording brain waves from the scalp and then decoding them, this system allows people to move a computer cursor up/down and left/right, to spell words, and even to control a robotic arm.

Visit the lab's web site to learn more about their research and its clinical application:



See the technology on "60 Minutes"


To learn about licensing BCI technology for commercial applications contact - Robert L. Gallo, Director of Intellectual Property & Licensing.

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