Restoration of Hand Dexterity
Our specific objectives in this program are to create a platform of scientific investigation for nerve injury and functional restoration, provide proof-of-concept feasibility of the technology in a non-human primate model, and take the technology to the patient to facilitate commercialization. One of the primary limitations of current neuroprostheses that aim to restore motor function is a reliable nerve-electrode interface that can be used over a long period of time to record and distinguish multiple patterns of nerve signals proximal to the injury in order to decipher intended movements with sufficient degrees-of-freedom.
Our complete system for restoring hand dexterity will be composed of four components, illustrated in the schematic below:
- Neural interface equiped with nerve electrodes and implanted amplifier unit
- External receiver and decoding unit
- Battery unit and transmiter for providing wireless power to muscle stimulating electrodes
- Implanted muscle stimuating electrodes for actuating hand movemement
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