People paralysed from the neck down will soon be able to move robotic arms by thought alone thanks to wi-fi, according to a world-leading expert.
The first patients will be implanted with the devices by 2018, Professor John Donoghue told The Mail on Sunday.
And in about 20 years patients will be living relatively normal lives as neuro-communication technology restores movement to all four limbs, he predicts.
Donoghue, director of Switzerland’s Wyss Centre for Bio and Neuro Engineering, said: ‘For anybody who has paralysis, we are going to make it so that when they are out in the world, other people won’t know it.’
Four years ago Prof Donoghue’s patient, stroke victim Cathy Hutchinson, stunned the world when she used her thoughts to control a robotic arm to give her a sip of coffee.