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This smart chip may be a blessing for patients battling Parkinson's Disease

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:41 IST

Scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have reportedly developed a smart chip which they claim could help combat Parkinson's disease or allow paraplegic people to move their prosthetic limbs.

The chip allows the wireless, and high-accuracy transmission of brain data. According to the scientists, this will lead to more compact wearable devices. Arindam Basu, assistant professor from NTU's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering said:

"It is about a hundred times more efficient than current processing chips on the market. It will lead to more compact medical wearable devices, such as portable ECG monitoring devices and neural implants, since we no longer need large batteries to power them".

The research team have tested the chip on data recorded from animal models, which showed that it could decode the brain's signal to the hand and fingers with 95 per cent accuracy.

First published: 16 February 2016, 1:56 IST
 
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