From 'magical' to 'rip it out': different brain implant experiences

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Ian Burkhart looked down at his hand and imagined closing it. To his amazement, it closed. ➨ Read online and share to Facebook, Google+, Twitter.

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Nothing to be 'scared about'"At 19, that was a big struggle to hear," Burkhart told AFP via a video call from his home in Columbus, Ohio in the United States.

The device recorded his brain activity, sending it to a computer which used an algorithm to decipher exactly how he wanted to move his hand. But after seven and a half years, funding for the trial ran out, and he had to have the device removed in 2021.The blow was softened by the fact that he was only ever able to use the technology in the lab, which he visited a couple of times a week."The device is screwed into your skull" with a connector sticking out, leaving an"open wound", he said.

"I look forward to getting some sort of device in the future," he said, adding that next time he would prefer one that is permanently implanted.At the age of 22, the Australian had seen her dreams of becoming a ballet dancer dashed by crippling epileptic seizures, when she was offered the chance to get a brain implant to help treat the condition.

The idea was that the device would warn Galvin if she was about to have a seizure, giving her time to prepare.

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