ARM and the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering have teamed up to work on creating a brain-implantable System-on-a-Chip, or SOC as it is know by geeks like us. The initial use of these SoC units is to use it as a bi-directional brain-computer interface in order to remedy neurodegenerative disorders. These guys are targeting some nasty things like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and even paralysis. The human brain is one of the final frontiers for technological innovation. Imagine a future where paralysis resulting from spinal cord injuries is only a temporary obstacle, rather than a permanent state. Imagine artificial limbs that can send the user feedback about how hot or cold their cup of coffee is, or just how tightly they are holding their loved one’s hand. Imagine a future where temporary implants can help an individual recover from a stroke or manage other debilitating neurological conditions. Now, all of these seemingly impossible medical applications of new technology stand to be within reach for bi-directional brain-computer interfaces.