Are Brain-Controlled Prosthetics in Our Future?

Two monkeys with sensors implanted in their brains have been able to control a mechanical arm with their thoughts, a paper published in the journal Nature revealed. That leads to the question of whether we might be able to provide brain-controlled prosthetics to paralyzed humans, the New York Times reports. The experiment picks up where previous studies left off.

May 29, 2008

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Are Brain-Controlled Prosthetics in Our Future?

Those demonstrated that people could control a cursor on a computer screen with their brain waves, and that monkeys with the sensors could move mechanical arms and legs. But this one is the first to demonstrate that precise control of the prosthetic is possible. The next step is developing a workable wireless system that wouldn't need connections through the scalp.

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