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Friday, November 16, 2007

Scientists develop a direct neural interface

Scientists say they may be on the brink of translating the thoughts of a man who can no longer speak into words after a pioneering experiment.

Electrodes have been implanted in the brain of Eric Ramsay, who has been "locked in" - conscious but paralysed - since a car crash eight years ago.

Although the data is still being analysed, researchers at Boston University believe they can correctly identify the sound Mr Ramsay's brain is imagining some 80% of the time.

In the next few weeks, a computer will start the task of translating his thoughts into sounds.

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Two years ago, Professor John Donoghue at Brown University in Rhode Island, used similar techniques for direct brain control of prosthetic devices.

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