December 18, 2012

Paralyzed Woman's Mind Controls Robotic Arm

Ian Sample, Guardian


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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.

The 52-year-old patient, called Jan, lost the use of her limbs more than 10 years ago to a degenerative disease that damaged her spinal cord. The disruption to her nervous system was the equivalent to having a broken neck.

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TAGGED: Robotics, Prosthetics, Brain-computer Interface, Paralysis

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