They linked rhesus macaque monkeys together to see if they could cooperate mentally and move the arm of a digital avatar to touch a moving target. The rats they linked together were tasked with things like pattern recognition and retrieval of sensory information. Can't wait to see where this technology leads!
"This is the first demonstration of a shared brain-machine interface, a paradigm that has been translated successfully over the past decades from studies in animals all the way to clinical applications," said Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., Ph. D., co-director of the Center for Neuroengineering at the Duke University School of Medicine and principal investigator for the study. "We foresee that shared BMIs will follow the same track, and could soon be translated to clinical practice."