According to the Mirror, the man named Philip O’Keefe, who suffers from motor neurone disease, has done this important job with a microchip that receives signals from his brain.
The tweet, which contained the words “Hello world”, was described as “the first mental tweet”. Sincran, a company active in the field of brain and computer interfaces (BCI), announced the news on December 23.
Mr. O’Keefe is one of the patients implanted in the brain of BCI Centrodron BCI; Simply put, he has a microchip implanted in his brain that analyzes his brain signals and helps him execute commands. According to Sincran, he is the first person to successfully convey a message directly to the world through his mind.
“When I heard about this technology, I realized how much independence it could give me back,” he says. This system is amazing, it’s like learning to ride a bike, it takes practice but it gets easier when you walk. Now I just think about where I want to click. “In addition, I can send emails, shop online and send messages to the world via Twitter.”
By sending this message, Mr. O’Keefe wanted to share his experience of regaining his independence with the world and inspire the future. “I hope to open the way for other people to send tweets through their minds,” he says. Mr. O’Keefe received the chip in April 2020 following a gradual paralysis caused by motor neurone disease. This disease prevented him from working or working independently.
Since then, he has used the technology to communicate with his family and colleagues, exchange emails with them, and participate in other work projects.
“These tweets are the beginning of an important milestone in the field of brain-computer interfaces,” said Thomas Axley, CEO of Sincran. “They emphasize the connection, hope and freedom that people like Mr. O’Keefe have.”
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) receive, analyze, and translate brain signals into commands that are sent to output devices to do whatever they want.