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Brain-Powered Technology May Help Locked-In Patients

An estimated 50,000 people have a condition called locked-in syndrome, marked by normal brain cognition paired with paralysis so severe that they often can’t speak. Such conditions can result from an injury or from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Boston University neuroscientist Frank Guenther and his team are researching the possibility of building technology and robots powered by brain waves to help these patients communicate. Miles O’Brien reports for the National Science Foundation’s* latest Science Nation piece.

*For the record, the National Science Foundation is an underwriter of the NewsHour.

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