Philip O’Keefe becomes the first paralyzed man to tweet after he received a brain implant
A 62 year old Australian man made history by becoming the first paralyzed person to tweet on Twitter after a computer chip was implanted in his brain. Philip O’Keefe has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and he composed the tweet using only his thoughts via a brain-computer interface developed by a neurotech startup.
Philip O’Keefe tweeted via neurotech Synchron CEO’s Twitter account and wrote, “No need for keystrokes or voices. I created this tweet just by thinking it.” Philip O’Keefe also answered some of Twitter users’ questions as he tweeted, “My hope is that I’m paving the way for people to tweet through thoughts.” The computer chip by the name of Stentrode device was implanted in Philip’s brain during 2020 April after his ALS condition deteriorated.
After the Stentrode device was implanted in Philip’s brain, he could talk to his colleagues and family members. The stentrode device was inserted in Philip’s brain through the jugular vein and has since helped him to reconnect with his family members. According to the start Synchron Philip O’Keefe after posting the tweet, he said, “When I first heard about his technology, I knew how much independence it could give back to me.”