April 28th, 2016
Five years ago, Ian Burkhart met with an accident while diving that left him paralysed below the chest. It ended all of Ian’s hope of ever being able to move his limbs. But thanks to a US research team, which is headed by an Indian, Ian has been blessed by a technology that allows him to control his limbs using just his thoughts.
Researchers at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Ohio, in a clinical study in collaboration with the Ohio State University (OSU), has come up with this new genesis of technology, where they have surgically implanted a computer chip that enables messages to travel from Ian’s brain to his limbs, bypassing the damaged spinal cord. This technology allow him to use his fingers, hand and wrist like a normal person.
The man behind this landmark technology is 38-year-old Gaurav Sharma originally from Meerut the lead investigator on the project. Sharma, the NIT Surathkal graduate has done his masters and PhD in the US.
Gaurav Sharma is one of the inventors of the neuroprosthetic technology named NeuroLife. In a phone-interview he has told Times of India, “As Ian thinks about moving his hand, the chip records his brain signals and our algorithms decode his intent. The signals are then routed as electrical pulses to a sleeve wrapped around Ian’s arm that stimulates the muscles to enable the desired hand movement in real-time. The study shows what is possible in the future, and can offer hope for movement restoration to millions of people worldwide living with paralysis.”
Now Sharma is planning to make this technology more user-friendly so that patients can take this to their homes and use it in their everyday lives.
The Logical Indian congratulates Gaurav Sharma for building such a path-breaking technology that is going to help a lot of people in the future.