The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has secured $800,000 in grants to develop with Battelle the NeuroLife interface technology for home use. This breakthrough technology will allow people with spinal cord injuries to regain immediate, impactful hand movements as well as connect to the “internet of things” that they might want to control in their home.
One grant, from the Ohio Third Frontier, will advance Battelle’s NeuroLife functional electrical stimulation system, a wearable, form-fitting neural interface garment that can reanimate the muscles of the forearm to improve hand function in people living with spinal cord injuries. By adding a universal neural interface, the system will allow participants to seamlessly control hand grip and other movements via a multitude of control signals, such as a smart phone, tablet, sip-and-puff or button switch.
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Originally published October 12, 2020.