https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... us-thought
‘Bionic spine’ could enable paralysed patients to walk using subconscious thought
Australian developers say mind-controlled device, which will be tested in humans next year, is the ‘holy grail’ for bionics researchers
Australian scientists hope that a tiny device just 3cm long and a few millimetres wide will enable paralysed patients to walk again by allowing them to control bionic limbs with the power of subconscious thought.
The new device, dubbed the “bionic spine”, is the size of a small paperclip and will be implanted in three patients at the Royal Melbourne hospital in Victoria next year. The participants will be selected from the Austin Health spinal cord unit, and will be the first humans to trial the device, which so far has only been tested in sheep.