A new chip which could be attached to the surface of the brain and monitor electrical pulses could be used to aid those with a neurodegenerative disease, it has been discovered.
Dr Spratley, a 28-year-old engineer who studied the issue at Birmingham University for his PhD, explained that he hopes that patients with motor neurone disease (MND) will be able to communicate through the complex technology and interact with their environment.
He understands that chips can capture thought and eventually be used to control devices like light switches, PCs and cars.
Dr Spratley explained: "We are just trying to help people with severe communication problems or motor neurone disease - like Dr Stephen Hawking or Christopher Reeve.
"What we have designed would allow them to control a computer with their thoughts - if they imagine their muscles moving that could flick a light switch for example."
Last month, the Bangor and Anglesey News revealed that Gethyn Owen, a 27-year-old man from Bethesda will be scaling the three tallest mountains in the UK for MND - something that his dad has been diagnosed with.
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