New York-based company Synchron has developed a device called a “Synchron Switch” that allows patients to control an iPhone or iPad using their minds. It is controlled wirelessly using the synchronization switch on the patient’s chest.
Rodney Gorham, a retired software vendor in Melbourne, suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a nervous system disease that severely affects physical performance, and Synchron has six patients who use the Synchron Switch and Gorham is the first to use it with an Apple product, according to a report.
Synchron co-founder and CEO Tom Oxley was quoted as saying, “We are excited about iOS and Apple products because they are so ubiquitous, and this will be the first introduction of brain switching in the device.” With Synchron Switch, Gorham’s thoughts are being turned into action. on the iPad.
The iPad records Gorham’s foot flicks as a finger flick when he thinks he’s tapping his foot, and with Synchron Switch, Gorham can send one-word text messages from his iPad, according to a Semafor report. Clinical trials of computer brain implants, and added that the company, which has raised $70 million in venture capital and other funding, is bearing the cost of implanting and maintaining the device.