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October 17, 2013 1:02 pm

Peres Rewards U.S. Company for Brain Signal Reading Implant

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Screen shoot of Israeli President Shimon Peres' Ramadan greeting. Photo: Youtube.

JNS.org Israel President Shimon Peres awarded a $1 million prize Tuesday to BrainGate, a U.S.-based research team developing the technology to allow people who are paralyzed to move items with their mind.

BrainGate is based at Brown University in Rhode Island and collaborates with Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as other institutions, to develop a brain implant capable of reading brain signals and allowing paralyzed people to move computer cursors or robotic limbs. The company wants to make Israel the global center for brain technology.

BrainGate has created ”the technology to pick up the brain signal and get it to the outside,” said Brown University neuroscientist John Donoghue, who accepted the award, according to Yedioth Ahronoth.

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