Brain-implantable computer interface chip

prototype-brain-processor-1000Computer chip designer ARM and the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering at the University of Washington have signed a development agreement to design a brain-implantable system-on-a-chip for bi-directional brain-computer interfaces.

The research project aims to solve neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and even paralysis.

ARM will design a system-on-a-chip which is able to take neural signals from the brain that represent movements the person with paralysis wants to make, before directing those signals to a stimulator implanted in the spinal cord itself.

Read more: ARM / CSNE

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This story is taken from the 19 May 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.