[lit-ideas] Re: Paralyzed man moves computer cursor through thought

  • From: Carol Kirschenbaum <carolkir@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 15:18:56 -0700

Julie,

A couple of graphs from this Reuter's article itself.  The story isn't news, 
but since this info doesn't seem to be as common as it should be, it's great 
that news agencies are finally getting the word out. This technology is 
thoroughly unaffordable, like the "Cheney box" that keeps that creature alive. 
Insurance companies won't pay for it. Government agencies used to, once in a 
great while. Perhaps articles like this will help that change.

Just the ability to move ONE switch can make someone with tetraplegia 
(quadriplegia) far more independent. 

"Although it is not the first time brain activity has been used to control a 
cursor, Stephen Scott of Queen's University in Ontario, Canada said it advances 
the technology."

and

"In a separate study, researchers from Stanford University Schools of Medicine 
and Engineering described a faster way to process signals from the brain to 
control a computer or prosthetic device."

--from the Reuters article



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