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The Wadsworth Center Brain-Computer Interface System

For more information about the
Wadsworth BCI, contact:

Laboratory of Neural Injury and Repair
Wadsworth Center
NYS Department of Health
Toll Free: 855-899-9919

Progress in medical science now enables people with severe paralysis to live for many years. Many of these individuals have great difficulty communicating. Some may even be entirely "locked in" to their bodies: their minds are functioning perfectly, but they cannot move a single muscle to communicate in any way. The capacity for simple communication could greatly improve the quality of their lives.

The Laboratory of Neural Injury and Repair at the Wadsworth Center has addressed this problem by developing a new generation of brain-based communication devices (brain-computer interfaces or BCIs) that can provide communication and control functions to people who have lost muscle control. By recording brain waves from the scalp and then decoding them, this system allows people to move a computer cursor up/down and left/right, to spell words, and even to control a robotic arm.

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BCI Video
This brief video describes the development and utility of the Wadsworth BCI system.

Video formats available:
[Quick Time]
[Windows Media]