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May 17, 2012

Woman controls robotic arm with her mind

via Wired 

This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘using the force’. It was reported today that two stroke victims have been controlling a robotic arm with their minds! Incredible news for paralysed people across the planet, one of stroke victims even managed to serve herself coffee for first time in 15 years.

The BrainGate2 clinical trial uses a brain-computer interface to empower people who have limited movement capability in their arms. The tests have taken place for years on monkeys but this is the first clinical human trial of its kind and represents the most complex task ever achieved by a human with a brain-computer interface. You literally think about moving your arm and it happens, this is truly revolutionary stuff.