Neural Interfacing and Modulation
Sensing devices have been developed by Tyndall for a broad range of applications and contexts. While sensitivity is often a key parameter, in the case of neural interfacing, biocompatibility is also a critical success factor. As part of an EC funded project to develop a next generation prosthetic hand (SMARTHAND), Tyndall has developed cuff electrodes which wrap around the peripheral nerve, to enable bidirectional neural interfacing, allowing the brain to activate movement of the prosthetic, while receiving feedback from sensors to give the sensation of touch etc. The long-term goal is to enable direct implantation in the brain of integrated systems incorporating sensing, actuation and telemetry devices, to provide solutions for a range of neurological disorders.