An opportunity to directly exchange data between the computer and the brain would solve a variety of problems, such as enabling people with paralysis to communicate with the outside world. However, a special implant has to be put in the patient’s brain in order to create a neural interface and such surgery is fraught with adverse consequences.
But Synchron has recently created the Stentrode, an implant that can be placed in the brain without surgery — the device will be delivered to grey matter through the jugular vein.
According to the researchers, it will take about two weeks for the implant to incorporate into the tissue — this information emerged after successful tests in animals. The company has recently got a go-ahead for testing the invention in humans. Five patients with various mouth and arm disorders will be the test subjects.