Elon Musk’s new initiative will offer people with brain injuries to get recovered by implanting a Bluetooth-enabled tiny device into their brain. The device will link the brain with a smartphone, said the tech entrepreneur adding the trials could start before the end of 2020.
Neuralink, a startup founded by Musk, says the devices can be used by those seeking a memory boost or by stroke victims, cancer patients, quadriplegics or others with congenital defects.
The device, which consists of a tiny chip connected to 1,000 wires measuring one-tenth the width of a human hair, could enable telepathy and repair motor function in people with injuries.
The chip connects via Bluebooth to a small computer worn over the ear and to a smartphone, said Musk. The chip will feature a USB-C port and the same adapter used by Apple's (AAPL) Macbooks.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX established Neuralink in 2017 as a start-up to take AI to the next level to link human brains with the technology.
The company says up to 10 units can be implanted in a patient's brain. The chips will connect to an iPhone app that the user can control.
A robot built by Neuralink will install the devices into human’s brain. The robot, operated by a surgeon, will drill 2 millimeter holes in a person's skull. The chip part of the device will plug the hole in the patient's skull, said Musk.
"The interface to the chip is wireless, so you have no wires poking out of your head. That's very important," Musk added.
Musk has invested some $100 million in San Francisco-based Neuralink, according to the New York Times.
Musk's plan to develop human computer implants comes on the heels of similar efforts by Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB). But critics aren't so sure customers should trust tech companies with data ported directly from the brain.