Recent scientific advances in the area of prosthetic devices have significantly improved the prospects of people who have lost their arms due to trauma or vascular disease. These advanced prosthetic devices are currently controlled with mechanical switches; however, we believe that once perfected, implanted neural interfaces will provide a more natural control of these devices. Using brain signals to control movement should enable more real-time responses and allow for more complex use of these artificial limbs.

At BrainGate™, we envision a technology that bridges the gap between the brain and the limb. Cervical spinal cord or brain injury may have disconnected the motor cortex signals from the limb. However, if the patient still has the ability to “think” about movement, BrainGate™ has the potential to interpret and re-connect those signals, thus allowing the patient to move those limbs simply by thinking about it.

’60 Minutes’: BrainGate: Movement controlled by mind

03:14 – BrainGate enables the use of a wheelchair by one of our patients and will one day allow her to control an artificial limb.


The human brain is a parallel processing super computer capable of instantaneously processing vast amounts of information. BrainGate’s technology allows for an extensive amount of electrical activity data to be transmitted from neurons in the brain to computers for analysis.

Once you have an implanted device like BrainGate™, the limits of the human brain become unbounded. In many ways, you are freed from your body. You can connect your brain to the Internet, to a robot, or to a bionic arm. BrainGate™ could as easily be used to control a wheelchair or car with your mind, as it could to control a nuclear submarine. As Wired Magazine remarked after spending time with the first BrainGate™ patient at Cyberkinetics™, “In theory, once you can control a computer cursor, you can do anything from drawing circles to piloting a battleship.”

BrainGate Demonstration Video

00:46 – Watch BrainGate’s animated presentation.

BrainGates First Patient

Watch BrainGtes first patient demonstarte the amazing abilities of thought.

Meet the Patients

While BrainGate, Co. does not perform the surgery or actual clinical trials, through Cyberkinetics™, leading Universities, and hospitals, our intellectual property has been used in a number of patients through an FDA approved clinical trial. Below are a number of news reports that have focused on the BrainGate™ patients. These patients are all heroes, working with Cyberkinetics™ to advance the field, in the name of science and humanity.

Matt Nagle
Matt Nagle, the first person to ever be implanted with a BrainGate.

Cathy Hutchinson, one of the participants of the BrainGate trial, was featured in 2008 on CBS’ 60 Minutes®
’60 Minutes’: BrainGate: Movement controlled by mind
03:14 – 1 month ago
Cathy Hutchinson, a woman who has suffered a stroke which left her mentatlly sharp, but paralyzed and unable to speak, is among the first humans to have her brain directly…

BrainGate lets your brain control the computer
02:03 – 3 months ago
BrainGate is a new technology where a Bionic® chip is implanted in the brain that picks up electrical impulses. A computer then interprets those impulses as actions.

Cathy’s Brain Power
03:14 – 7 months ago
Cathy Hutchinson is mentally sharp, but her body is paralyzed and she is unable to speak. She was one of the first to have her brain directly wired to a computer.

Clinical Trials

BrainGate™ is working to create advancements in technology that allows severely disabled individuals—including those with traumatic spinal cord injury and loss of limbs—to communicate and control common every day functions, literally through thought. BrainGate™ Company’s technology as well as other similar technologies are currently undergoing clinical trials at various academic and research institutes, as well as hospitals throughout the United States and Europe.
While BrainGate, Co. does not perform the surgery or actual clinical trials, through Cyberkinetics, leading Universities, and hospitals, the our intellectual property has been used in a number of patients through an FDA approved clinical trial. Below is a list of clinical trials associated with BrainGate™, as well as those being developed throughout the larger community of Brain-Computer Interfaces:

Brown University, Mass General Hospital, and the Veterans association (Massachusetts)

Neural Signals:
Dr. Philip R. Kennedy (Georgia)

Dr. Theodore Berger, University of Southern California (California)

University of Tubingen:
Dr. Niels Birbaumer (Germany)

Caltech Pine Lab:
Dr. Jerry Pine (California)

US Defense Science Office:
Dr. Geoffrey Ling (United States)

Wadsworth Center,
New York State Department of Health (New York)

Nicolelis Lab,
Duke University (North Carolina)