The idea of a computer chip that can read your thoughts may sound like the plot from the latest science fiction blockbuster.
But a man in Ohio is the first person to have such a futuristic device implanted.
The ground-breaking technology allows Ian Burkhart, who lost the use of his arms and legs after hitting his head, to use his arms once again.
Now, for the first time, he has provided an in-depth account of the technology which could provide hope for millions of paralysed people the world over.
Mr Burkhart, 25, who lives in Dublin, Ohio, was in an accident in 2010 in which he hit his head on a sandbank, rendering him a quadriplegic.
Despite being told ‘this is what it’s going to be like for the rest of your life’, Mr Burkhart remained optimistic about regaining use of his limbs.
In an article forVice, he said: ‘I took it as a challenge.
‘I wanted to prove them wrong.
‘I wanted to get as strong as I could and make my life the best that it could be in spite of my injury.’
Mr Burkhart looked at studies that involved some of the most advanced technological advances in the world today, and came across NeuroLife, a technology to bypass a spinal injury.
At first, Battelle Memorial Institute, which developed the technology, told Mr Burkhart that the study was simply focused on using electronic stimulators on the muscles in his forearms.
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