Electrode Array with needle-like microelectrodes facing upward
Brain Implant Allows Completely Paralyzed Patient to Communicate
The patient, who has ALS, is able to communicate in complete sentences by deliberately altering his brain’s activity.
ABOVE: Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering
Brain Implant Allows Completely Paralyzed Patient to Communicate
Brain Implant Allows Completely Paralyzed Patient to Communicate

The patient, who has ALS, is able to communicate in complete sentences by deliberately altering his brain’s activity.

The patient, who has ALS, is able to communicate in complete sentences by deliberately altering his brain’s activity.

ABOVE: Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering

BCI

an illustration of a man with electrodes in his brain thinking about writing the word "hello," and the word appearing on a computer screen
Brain-Computer Interface User Types 90 Characters Per Minute with Mind
Shawna Williams | May 13, 2021
The experimental system, developed and tested in just one patient so far, relies on brain signals associated with handwriting to achieve the fastest communication yet seen with BCI.
a mockup of an at-home COVID-19 test in development
Top Technical Advances of 2020
Shawna Williams | Dec 18, 2020
The pandemic spurred innovation in a variety of ways, from CRISPR-based diagnostics to cell biology benchwork at home.
The Interfacing Brain
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2020
 Watch entrepreneur Connor Russomanno talk about his work on brain-computer interfaces.
image of two small electronic patches embedded in a brain
Speech Decoded from Brain Activity in Area for Hand Control
Shawna Williams | Dec 10, 2019
The surprising finding comes courtesy of two study participants with implanted electrode arrays that record activity at single-neuron resolution.
Brain-Machine Interface Goes Wireless
Bob Grant | Dec 18, 2014
A paralyzed woman has used mind power and a robotic arm wirelessly connected to her brain to achieve the most dexterous movement yet accomplished with BMI.