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Paralysed woman controls robotic arm

By T.K. Randall
December 17, 2012 · Comment icon 5 comments

Image Credit: Shadow Robot Company
Doctors have been stunned by the incredible level of control achieved through a mind-reading interface.
Having lost the use of her own limbs more than 10 years ago due to a degenerative disease, 52-year-old Jan has been training at the University of Pittsburgh to operate a robotic arm that is controlled entirely using her thoughts. Unlike previous models, the new arm aims to make control more intuitive by allowing the patient to think of the overall goal rather than each specific movement.

"We were blown away by how fast she was able to acquire her skill, that was completely unexpected," said Professor Andrew Schwartz. "At the end of a good day, when she was making these beautiful movements, she was ecstatic."
A woman who is paralysed from the neck down has stunned doctors with her extraordinary skill at using a robotic arm that is controlled by her thoughts alone.


Source: Guardian Unlimited | Comments (5)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by King Fluffs 11 years ago
This is interesting.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Darkwind 11 years ago
If they can get the cost down I know a lot of people who could use it.
Comment icon #3 Posted by s33ker 11 years ago
They asked her if she wanted to hold her husbands hand or touch her childrens faces in her first use of it. No she said, wanted to feed herself chocolate. Fantastic choice I think, love chocolate.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Pupp3t 11 years ago
I wouldn't mind having a robotic arm that is manipulated by the power of thought. This is truly a breakthrough in science, and a good one at that.
Comment icon #5 Posted by masaimara 11 years ago
mind boggling


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