First neural signals recorded by the Ability brain-computer interface

Ability is a fully implantable neural recording system. The researchers designed it to wirelessly amplify and transmit high-frequency, high-channel-count neural data from the brain to a computer. [Image from Wyss Center]

The Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering has published a white paper revealing the first neural signals recorded by the Ability system.

Ability is a wireless implantable medical device known as a brain-computer interface (BCI) system. The Wyss Center team is developing the system with academic and clinical collaborators as well as industrial technology partners.

Ability’s goal is to improve the quality of life and empower people with paralysis.

“Neuroscience is experiencing a global renaissance,” said Jonas Zimmerman, senior neuroscientist at the Wyss Center, based in Geneva, Switzerland. “In recent years, many talented research groups and industry leaders have developed new technologies ready to be adapted for people with severe paralysis. Now is the time to build on those achievements, overcome the remaining hurdles, and bring neural interface technology to those who need it most.

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