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A new brain implant known as the BioBolt was developed by Dr Wise and his team at the University of Michigan. The goal of the implant is to help stroke patients overcome partial paralysis, and to help amputees in controlling bionic limbs. A future ‘generation’ of the BioBolt may also assist people with paralysis in moving paralyzed limbs.
The BioBolt has the appearance of a dime-sized bolt which has been loaded with a tiny computer chip. This bolt is implanted in the skull, beneath the skin with the little microcomputer chip sitting right on the brain. The chip links between the neurons in the brain and a computer on the desk through wireless signals. The plan is to transmit the signals between the brain and muscles through a much smaller computer that would be worn as a wristwatch or a pair of earrings.
Presently the device has two areas that must be further developed before it can be used in daily life. First, the skull must remain open while the neural implants are in use, and second, the user must be near the desk computer and its software.
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Kendall Wise, PhD. University of Michigan professor and director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS ERC).