18 Dec '12, 9am

Amazing technology! Robotic arm can be controlled by thoughts alone... #medical #robotics

Amazing technology! Robotic arm can be controlled by thoughts alone... #medical #robotics

The brain computer interface technology and training programme, developed by a team from the University of Pittsburgh, enabled quadriplegic Jan Scheuermann to move her arms, turn and bend her wrists, and close her hand for the first time in nine years. "This is a spectacular leap toward greater function and independence for people who are unable to move their own arms," said senior investigator Professor Andrew Schwartz. "The technology, which interprets brain signals to guide a robot arm, has enormous potential that we are continuing to explore." After screening tests confirmed Scheuermann was eligible for the study, Doctors implanted two 4 x 4mm sensors in the motor cortex portion of her brain, with each sensor picking up electrical impulses from around 200 brain cells. After just two days of training, she was able to control the robotic arm using just her thoughts, with...

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