Brian-Computer Interface For Robotic Arm

A quadriplegic woman is able to control a robotic arm, not by the more traditional method of utilizing her remaining working muscles to trigger movement, but by thinking about it. Such are the advances of the so-called Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) that there is real potential for a future where not only a new kind of prosthetic may be available for those in need, but also the possibility of bypassing a diseased or damaged nervous system to allow  patients to regain use of their own limbs. The woman, working with University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), has been able to drink from a coffee cup held by the robotic fingers, and controlled by her mind.

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