Treating Connectivity Disorders
Blindness, deafness, paralysis, ALS, and amputation – all of these conditions fundamentally involve the breakdown of communication between the brain and the outside world.
Whether someone has lost one of their five senses or lost control of an arm, the result is that they have lost part of their physical connection to the world.
In the meantime, all around us the world is becoming more connected. Thermostats, door-locks, kitchen appliances, and televisions are now online. Long-distance video conferencing is ubiquitous, computers fly planes, drive cars, and use robotic arms to fold laundry and build products.
Today connecting to a computer means connecting to the world.
So what if patients with connectivity disorders could connect their brains directly to a computer?
In an instant, an entire ecosystem of online devices would be available to compensate for a patient’s loss of biological connectivity. A blind person could see through the aid of a digital camera. A paralyzed person could order groceries, receive them at the door, and then invite a friend for dinner, all without moving a muscle.
Together with our government, academic, corporate and clinical partners, Paradromics is developing broadband data links for the brain.
We can’t cure blindness or paralysis, but we can help people living with connectivity disorders to reconnect with the world around them.