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April 29, 2011 / Martijn

Mind-controlled prosthetics

ROBOTIC limbs controlled solely by the mind could be available to paralysed people within a year.

Monkeys are being trained to control what might be the world’s most sophisticated and human-like robot arm. But they never touch the prosthetic limb or fiddle with a remote control: they guide it with their thoughts alone. If trials are successful, in a few months from now people with spinal cord injuries could learn to do the same.

via Mind-controlled prosthetics to help amputees – health – 28 April 2011 – New Scientist.

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