A new ‘thought-controlled’ device reads brain activity through the jugular

After being fed through the jugular vein, a small “thought-controlled” device can record brain A small experiment showed activity from a nearby blood vessel, thus eliminating the need for doctors to open the skull.

The device, called the Stentrode, is designed to allow paralyzed people to operate assistive technologies using only their thoughts. For example, participants in the experiment used the device to compose text messages and emails and to do online banking and shopping, according to a new report published Monday (January 9) in the journal. JAMA Neurology (Opens in a new tab). (Early data from the trial was also presented in March 2022 at the 74th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Seattle.)

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