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Chip To Restore Touch After Injury – scientists implant chip to help people with spinal cord injury

Could imagine living without the sense of touch? No more heat sensing through your fingertips, or feeling wet and dry. No more of that input at all from your body. For hundreds of thousands of people or more, this is a reality due to injury but scientists have found a way restore the sense with a computer chip.

The loss of the sense of touch can be caused by spinal cord injuries (SCI). Scientists implanted a chip in a SCI patient and were able to restore a sort of touch to the man. With the help of the chip and assorted computer equipment, he was able to complete simple, touch focused tasks.

This is still very much in its infancy but if taken further it could open up new doors and pathways for people who have lost this sense due to this type of injury. Check out the video below to see it in action.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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