Paralyzed man drives NASCAR with brain microchip technology

Paralyzed man drives NASCAR with brain microchip technology

In recent years, the lines between science fiction and reality have become increasingly blurred.

OK, we probably won’t see flying cars, commercial space flights, or time travel for a few years.

Nevertheless, self-driving vehicles are in the testing phase, so the future is coming sooner than we anticipated.

Recently, we took another step nearer to that new world…

Paralyzed from the waist down, a man drove a NASCAR racecar using just a microchip.

It’s a huge innovation that could create new opportunities for disabled people and have broader benefits for vehicle technology.

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Paralyzed man drives a car with brain microchip technology

Paralyzed man drives NASCAR with brain microchip technology

There has been a rapid advancement in car technology. The automotive industry is undergoing huge changes due to new technologies such as electric vehicles and self-driving cars. Technology advancements also open up new opportunities for disabled people. A paralyzed man recently demonstrated that he could drive a car using a brain microchip.

What exactly is brain microchip technology?

Brain microchip technology is a type of neural interface technology that allows for direct communication between electronic devices and the brain. This technology has been used to create brain-computer interfaces, which allow people to control electronic devices with their thoughts.

Brain microchip technology may also be used to treat conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic pain.

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In Fountain, Colorado, German Aldana Zuniga, a paraplegic, drove a NASCAR racecar. According to CBS4 Denver and Denver7, Zuniga was able to drive the 850-horsepower car despite being paralyzed from the waist down.

How was Zuniga able to drive such a powerful racecar? Microchips implanted in his brain enabled him to accomplish this feat.

“It’s an amazing experience. Since my accident, I don’t have mobility below my waist, so this is my first time driving a car,” said Zuniga.

After a car accident, a neurosurgeon develops a brain microchip that enables a paralyzed man to drive.

Zuniga was seriously injured in a car accident nine years ago. Zuniga had paralysis from the waist down, preventing him from doing many everyday activities, including driving.

The Falci Institute for Spinal Cord Injuries at Health ONE and Dr. Scott Falci, a Colorado neurosurgeon, gave Zuniga a new lease on life. They developed a brain microchip that made a technological breakthrough. It took researchers a year to develop the technology so Zuniga could communicate with the brain microchip and the racecar’s computer system.

Brain microchip technology: how does it work?

Dr. Falci explained how brain microchips work.

He said, “The electrical changes get picked up on that electrode, travel down a cable underneath his skin to a little computer processor.” He went on, “When the computer recognizes that particular fingerprint, it knows to send the signal to the computer in our racecar and that computer knows to send it to the throttle and to actuate the throttle.”

Through his thoughts, Zuniga was able to start the throttle and maintain a steady pace for the racecar. He was also able to steer the car using a specialized helmet that registered his head movement. Zuniga used a “sip-n-puff input tube attached to the helmet to slow down the car.”

Disabled people can benefit greatly from brain microchip technology

Zuniga is now able to drive thanks to the new brain microchip technology. This was something that was previously unimaginable. The thought of being in a car that fast is unbelievable. It’s incredible to be in it and watch how smoothly you move through the track and how it responds to what you do,” Zuniga said.

The future is bright for brain microchip technology

Additionally, Falci is excited about the possibilities for brain microchip technology in the future. His vision goes beyond using the technology in racecars to find real-world applications. Among the vehicles you can drive are electric wheelchairs and golf carts.

Robotic arms, exoskeletons, or medical implants could be controlled by the technology.
Hopefully, Falci’s goals will be realized, and disabled people will be able to drive and do other previously unthinkable activities thanks to technology.