LONDON John Donoghue of Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. (Foxborough, Mass.) has been awarded a German neuroscience honor worth $68,000 for the development of the BrainGate neural interface system.
The BrianGate enables paralyzed people to operate devices using thought alone. It is an implantable microelectrode array that combined with a digital signal processing system has allowed individuals to exercise control over electronic systems and the company has demonstrated the use of BrainGate to allow an individual to control a television simply by thinking.
The Zuelch Prize, which is bestowed by the Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation through the Max Planck Society, is awarded annually to two scientists for outstanding achievements. This year, Donoghue will share the award, along with a cash prize of 50,000 euros (about $68,300), with Graeme Clark, developer of the cochlear implant.
The prize will be awarded at a ceremony on Aug. 31, 2007, in Cologne, Germany.
While Cyberkinetics has worked primarily on developing systems to enable control and communications by quadriplegics other companies are developing such interfaces for military, enterprise and consumer applications.
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