In what the company behind the technology calls the “first direct thought tweet,” the patient said “hello world” using the implantable brain-computer interface or microchip
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A paralyzed man is the first person to tweet a message to the world through just direct thoughts.
The feat was accomplished by Philip O’Keefe – a patient with motor neuron disease – using a microchip implant that picks up his brain signals.
It has been described as the “first direct thought tweet” after Mr. O’Keefe said “Hello World” with the brain implant.
Synchron, a brain computer interfaces company, announced a Twitter acquisition by Philip O’Keefe on December 23.
He is one of the patients who have been implanted with the Stentrode brain-computer interface from the computer company Synchron, or in other words, a microchip in his body that analyzes his brain signals and helps with the execution of commands.
Mr. O’Keefe is the first person to successfully message the world directly through thoughts on social media, Synchron said.
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“When I first heard about this technology, I knew how much independence it could give me back. The system is amazing, it’s like learning to ride a bike – it takes practice but once you start rolling it becomes natural, ”said Mr O’Keefe.
“Now all I have to do is figure out where on the computer I want to click, and I can email, bank, shop, and now message the world on Twitter.”
Mr. O’Keefe has taken over the Twitter handle from Synchronous CEO Thomas Oxley.
His goal was to share his experience of regaining independence with the world and provide inspiration for the future.
“My hope is that I will pave the way for people to tweet through thoughts,” was his closing statement.
Mr. O’Keefe received the chip in April 2020 after a progressive paralysis from a motor neuron disease that made it impossible for him to engage in work-related or other independent activities.
He has since used the technology to reconnect with his family and business colleagues, to continue exchanging emails, and to remain actively involved in his consulting and other business projects.
“Those hilarious vacation tweets are actually an important moment in the field of implantable brain-computer interfaces. They highlight the connection, hope and freedom that BCIs (Brain Computer Interfaces) give to people like Phil, who have been deprived of so much of their functional independence due to crippling paralysis, “said Oxley.
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) capture brain signals, analyze them and translate them into commands that are passed on to output devices that carry out desired actions according to NCBI.