Neural Implants Go Wireless

​Neural Implants Go Wireless

Patients with prosthetics and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s can soon see a dramatic improvement in their lives, thanks to a little chip.

When paired with neural implants, the chip can enable wireless transmission of brain signals. This can help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and allow paraplegics to move their prosthetic limbs. In addition, the chip can also process data, analyse patterns, and spot anomalies.

At present, neural implants embedded in the brain have to be connected by wires to an external device outside the body. For prosthetic patients, these wires are connected to a computer. External wires are cumbersome and pose a high risk of infection because of the permanent openings that allow them into the brain.

With the new chip, brain data can be wirelessly and accurately transmitted.

Benefits:
  • Hundred times more efficient than current processing chips
  • Unlike conventional implants, large batteries are not needed
  • Designed to analyse data patterns and spot anomalies

“The chip is about a hundred times more efficient than current processing chips on the market. It will lead to more compact medical wearable devices, such as portable ECG monitoring devices and neural implants.”

Assistant Professor Arindam Basu,
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Moving Forward:

Plans are in the pipeline to expand the applications of the chip into commercial products, for instance, customising it for smart home sensor networks. Your contribution will help improve the quality of life of patients who use prosthetics or are stricken with Parkinson’s disease.​

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