Implant helps paralysed man make social media post with just thought in Australia

WION Web Team
London Published: Dec 27, 2021, 01:05 PM(IST)

A paralysed man has been able to make a post on social media “using only direct thought” with the help of an implant in Australia on Thursday (representative image). Photograph:( AFP )

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A paralysed man, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), has been able to make a post on social media “using only direct thought” in Australia. Philip O’Keefe has the disease, which causes paralysis. But still he is able to share thoughts with others by involving no muscle activity whatsoever. It has been made possible by a company called Synchron

Anything is possible nowadays. All you need to do is just think and technological advancements will do the rest.  

Well, we are not kidding, it’s true.  

A paralysed man, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), has been able to make a post on social media “using only direct thought” in Australia on Thursday. 

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Philip O’Keefe has the disease, which causes paralysis. But still he is able to share thoughts with others by involving no muscle activity whatsoever. It has been made possible by a company called Synchron.

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The post made by 62-year-old O’Keefe on Twitter said, “I created this tweet just by thinking it.” It was posted to the account of Synchron CEO Thomas Oxley.  

As per the firm, the ‘first direct-thought tweet’ was made wirelessly by brain of O’Keefe.   

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After ALS led to progressive paralysis, O’Keefe got a brain computer interface, which is called ‘Stentrode’, installed in 2020.  

The implant has been “designed to enable patients to wirelessly control digital devices through thought.” It has been inserted via jugular vein in order to avoid drilling into the skull.  

“Now, I just think about where on the computer I want to click, and I can email, bank, shop, and now message the world via Twitter,” the company cited O’Keefe as saying – or thinking.   

(With inputs from agencies) 

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