unlockedProject_logoFinalThe Unlock Project is a multi-university initiative (involving researchers from Boston University, Northeastern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Kansas) whose purpose is to provide brain-machine interface (BMI) technology to individuals suffering from locked-in syndrome (LIS), characterized by complete or near-complete loss of voluntary motor function with intact sensation and cognition. LIS is typically the result of brain stem stroke or late stage amyotrophic lateral schlerosis (ALS). Being locked in has been compared to being buried alive; sufferers of LIS often feel completely isolated from friends and family due to their inability to communicate.

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Funding for the Unlock Project is provided by:

The National Science Foundation


Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences


CELEST, an NSF Science of Learning Center