Tell us something about No Hard Feelings that isn’t mentioned in the publisher’s synopsis.
Winnie is a quadriplegic who has regained mobility through implants from a sabotaged biomedical start-up (this is explained in the synopsis). What isn’t mentioned is that technology like this actually exists — it’s known generally as Functional Electronic Stimulation (FES) — and a number of biomedical companies have released real-world products incorporating it.
As an example, Battelle Memorial Institute recently announced NeuroLife™ Neural Bypass: “A breakthrough technology that empowers paralyzed patients to regain conscious control of their fingers, hands, wrists and arms … [NeuroLife] bypasses damaged areas of the nervous system so the brain can communicate directly with the muscles.”
A general description of FES, its current capabilities and promise for the future may be found on the FES section of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation website.
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