Elon Musk’s Neuralink startup is developing a brain-computer interface that allows users to control computers and smartphones directly from their brains. Founded in 2016, Neuralink now demonstrates its progress over the years by demonstrating that a macaque named Pager, which uses the N1 neural link chip, plays a Pong video game. In the shared video, Pager first uses the joystick and then uses signals from the brain to control the cursor on the screen. The purpose of Neuralink is to enable paralyzed persons to easily operate computers and other devices using electrical signals in the brain.
Neuralink showcased their development through a blog post, highlighting the use of nerve implants in helping people with disabilities. The company said that the N1 link is a nerve recording and data transmission device with 1,024 electrodes fully implanted. “We implanted Link in the hand and arm areas of the motor cortex. Part of the cerebral cortex is involved in planning and executing movements. We placed Links in both directions: one is located in the left motor cortex (controlling the movement on the right side of the body), and the other is located in the left motor cortex (controlling the movement on the right side of the body). Right motor cortex (controls the left side of the body).”
Elon Musk on Friday Tweet “The higher version of Neuralink can transfer signals from Neuralinks in the brain to Neuralinks in the motor/sensory neuron clusters of the body, so that paraplegics can walk again”
First @Neuralink The product will enable paralyzed patients to use smartphones faster than thumb users
-Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 9, 2021
Neuralink’s blog post also highlights how the N1 link “magnifies and digitizes” the voltage recorded from each of its 1,024 electrodes. The startup has also conducted decades of research and pointed out that previous brain-computer interface (BMI) systems used only hundreds of electrodes. Neuralink hopes to “build a safe and effective wireless BMI clinical system that can be fully implanted”, which can be used not only by users themselves, but also with them.
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