Neural Implants Let Paralyzed Man Take a Drink

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Erik Sorto has been paralyzed from the neck down for 13 years, but recently he lifted a bottle of beer to his lips and took a drink by himself. How did he do it? With a robotic arm controlled by his mind. Photo: Lance Hayashida/Caltech.

DOWNEY, Calif.— Erik Sorto was shot in the back 13 years ago and paralyzed from the neck down. Yet recently the father of two lifted a bottle of beer to his lips and gave himself a drink, even though he can’t move his arms or legs.

Mr. Sorto, 34, picked up his drink with a robotic arm controlled by his thoughts. Two silicon chips in his brain read his intentions and channeled them via wires to the prosthetic arm on a nearby table. The team that developed the experimental implant, led by researchers at the California Institute of Technology,

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