Created on the implant, which can control the brain through smartphone
A team of researchers from South Korea and the United States has developed a wireless implant that acts on certain parts of the brain. This, in fact, it would not be surprising, because for a long time, there are many different devices of a similar type. However, the interest in this case is this: a new device is not simply "set" in the brain. It allows you to manage neural connections with the help of ... the usual smartphone.
What to implant in the brain implants?
Various brain implants aimed primarily for detection and treatment of such conditions as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, drug abuse, depression, severe pain, withdrawal, and so forth. It should be noted that such an approach is not new to the scientific community. Something like this makes quite a long time. We can recall the same Neuralink project from Elon Musk Facebook or similar design.
This is interesting: Scientists have created an implant to study brain function in real time.
Only here the usual methods used by neuroscientists today, include the use of rigid metal tubes and fiber optic cables. In addition to limiting the movements of the subject because of the "physical" connection with bulky equipment, their relatively rigid structure over time, causing brain damage of soft tissue, which makes them unsuitable for long-term implantation. The new approach will allow to avoid such complications.
How does the new brain implant
According to Science Daily Edition referring to Nature Biomedical Engineering, a new implant consists of a replaceable cartridge with a dose of the drug, microscopic channels and tiny LEDs. When the device is partly "immersed" in the brain tissue, but most of it stays outside. It should also be noted that control the operation of the implant can be easily using a regular application on the smartphone. With telephone implant is connected by Bluetooth.
Appearance implant rabotabschego you can see in the photo, available at this link. But just in case, we are warned that if you are very impressionable, it is better to refrain from viewing this picture.
Moreover, the device is designed to also solve another problem: the exhaustion of stocks of the drug. Neural device is equipped with a replaceable cartridge for a medication that makes it easy to add a drug, or even replace it without having to "dismantle" the entire system. Through this approach, neuroscientists can easily cause any desired reaction in response to administration of a drug even without the need to be physically close to the animals.
This allows us to better analyze the neural circuits that underlie behavior, and how specific neuromodulators in the brain affect the behavioral responses. We also aim to use the device for complex pharmaceutical research, which could help us to develop new treatments for diseases of the brain. We are interested in further development of this technology to make brain implants for clinical use.
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