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Elon Musk is making Bluetooth-enabled implants to link the brain with a smartphone. He says the devices could enable telepathy and repair motor function in people with injuries like those seeking a memory boost or stroke victims, cancer patients, quadriplegics or others with congenital defects. Trials could start before the end of 2020.
The devices will consist of a tiny chip connected to 1,000 wires measuring one-tenth the width of a human hair. It features a USB-C port, the same adapter used by Apple's Macbooks, and connects via Bluetooth to a small computer worn over the ear and to a smartphone. Ten units can be placed in a patient's brain and the chips will connect to an iPhone app that the user can control.
The project is handled by Neuralink, a San Francisco-based startup founded by Elon Musk. He invested $100 million in the startup according to the New York Times.
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