Cutting-edge technology has allowed for significant improvements in the quality of life of people living with paralysis, and the new "neural bypass" system is the first brain implant technology of its kind that has the ability to mobilize paralyzed people.
The technology involves a brain chip that is able to decode brain waves and interpret their intentions, and from there, signals are sent to control a muscle simulator that empowers movement in the paralyzed limb.
Ian Burkhart is the only person as of yet who has has the chip tested on him. After spending significant time practicing imagining using his paralyzed hand, he was able to use his hand after having the chip inserted. He is now also able to open and close his hand, as well as pick up objects and move them around.