It sounds like something from a science fiction movie. In a strange twist, however, it’s straight from the government.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced its commitment to encouraging the development of new technology for the brain. And it reeks of the future, (if this is possible).
The gadgets being discussed are known as brain-computer interface (BCI) devices. They’re implanted in your head, and according to a statement on the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) website, they “hold the potential for direct control of, for example, a limb prosthesis by the patient’s thought processes.”
Trippy? It will also be potentially very useful. The implants will communicate with a patient’s nerves and muscles. They’ll increase human mobility and create a sense of touch.
The devices will benefit many, if developed to their full potential. The FDA says recipients could (amazingly) include patients who suffer from paralysis and those who have had their limbs amputated, two groups that have traditionally been rather unreachable, in terms of health enhancements.
It all sounds like a miracle, and short of turning humans into robots, it kind of is. The devices will gift those with severe disabilities with the potential to interact with their immediate environment in a completely new way. This equates to increase independence in those who use them, and a large boost in quality of life.
Millions of people in the U.S and abroad currently suffer from conditions that inhibit their mobility. For more on these developments, click here.