I live here in Chicago (Go Cubs!) and one of the scientists who was working on the program was on the Spike O’Dell radio show on WGN 720am This morning. It was very interesting to hear him talk. He said that there is nothing all that revolutionary about the technology they are using or the parts that went into the monkeys. If I understand him correctly they are hoping to have this in human clinical trials within the next 5 years.
If you think that it looks like TK now, he commented that one of his associates is putting together a system that would let it work on a technology similar to Blue Tooth. That would give someone the wireless ability to control their wheal chair or even use a robotic arm.
The question that I have is, this sounds very similar to an experiment I read about many moons ago with people using brain waves and bio feedback to control a cursor on a computer screen. People were taught how to use biofeedback to produce a specific brain wave pattern on a EEG which a computer would then translate to up, down, right, left. Is this an extension of that or are they using nerve impulses to control the hardware?