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Feb 19, 2018
It was an honor to meet with Ian Burkhart after hearing so much about him. This show has had at least a half-dozen researchers that had published papers based on his implanted array. Ian is a quadriplegic patient that volunteered to have a Utah Electrode array implanted in his brain so that he could move his fingers. Now it has been implanted in his brain for almost 4 years and it is still doing fine. Through the process, he was able to learn to move his own fingers using his thoughts. He even got so good he could play Guitar Hero.
This was my first interview during SfN and was still learning how my equipment worked. The beginning of the recording has some background speaking but that goes away after the first few minutes.