Nano devices in your brain

I noted the other day my extreme lack of enthusiasm for the idea of having a phone in my brain (posting here) and while this news item on Nanowerk isn’t about a telephone it does illustrate the work that’s being done that could make a ‘telephone in your brain’  possible. From the news item,

Scientists have developed a brain implant that essentially melts into place, snugly fitting to the brain’s surface. The technology could pave the way for better devices to monitor and control seizures, and to transmit signals from the brain past damaged parts of the spinal cord.

“These implants have the potential to maximize the contact between electrodes and brain tissue, while minimizing damage to the brain. They could provide a platform for a range of devices with applications in epilepsy, spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders,” said Walter Koroshetz, M.D., deputy director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

You can take a look at what they’re talking about,

Neural electrode array wrapped onto a model of the brain. The wrapping process occurs spontaneously, driven by dissolution of a thin, supporting base of silk. (Image: C. Conway and J. Rogers, Beckman Institute)

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