Aug 25, 2023

Paralysis can rob people of their ability to speak. Now researchers hope to give it back

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That early experience drove his professional interest in helping people communicate.

Now, Henderson’s an author on one of two papers published Wednesday showing substantial advances toward enabling speech in people injured by stroke, accident or disease.

Although still very early in development, these so-called brain-computer interfaces are five times better than previous generations of the technology at “reading” brainwaves and translating them into synthesized speech. The successes suggest it will someday be possible to restore nearly normal communication ability to people like Henderson’s late father.

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