New research describes how the BrainGate brain-computer interface, combined with a functional electronic stimulation* system implanted in the arm of a Cleveland man with quadriplegia, allowed him to move his arm and hand again to eat mashed potatoes, drink water from a mug and scratch his nose.

“For somebody who’s been injured eight years and couldn’t move, being able to move just that little bit is awesome to me,” said Bill Kochevar, 56, who lost the ability to move below his shoulders due to a spinal cord injury resulting from a bicycling accident. “It’s better than I thought it would be.”