Researchers reveal the area of the brain that controls our voice box, allowing us to alter the pitch of our speech. The insight could pave the way for advancing neuroprosthetics to allow people who can't speak, to express themselves in a naturalistic way.
A newly developed speech neuroprosthesis has restored a voice to a severely paralyzed man. The technology translates signals from the brain to the vocal tracts, generating words on a screen.
Researchers have developed a technique to make brain controlled prosthetics more precise. A pilot clinical trial of the neuroprosthesis is underway for people with paralysis and ALS.
Researchers have developed a new method of restoring movement sensation for upper limb amputees. The researchers used small robots to vibrate muscles in order to 'turn on' movement sensations.
Following targeted motor and sensory reinnervation, a procedure that reroutes residual limb nerves to intact muscles and skin in amputees, the brain remaps both motor and sensory pathways. Additionally, researchers note, TMSR may help counteract poorly adapted cortical plasticity following amputation.
Researchers report amputees are able to control a robotic arm with help of brain implants and BMI technology. The study details how brain areas that control both the intact arm and amputated limb can create new connections and learn to control the robotic arm, even years following the loss of a limb.
Amputees are able to regain sense of touch and 'feel' with their prosthetic hands, thanks to new technological advances.
Researchers report that in a patient who lost their hand almost three decades ago, the brain maintains an accurate representation of the missing fingers.