Paralyzed woman eats chocolate with mind-controlled robotic arm12/18/2012
If you had the world's most advanced mind-controlled prosthetic hand at your disposal, what would you do with it? If you'd use it to feed yourself chocolate bars, you have something in common with Jan Scheuermann. The quadriplegic former party planner is able to use a robotic arm she's named Hector by guiding it with her thoughts, thanks to devices implanted in her brain. Researchers are calling the mind-control arm a "spectacular leap toward greater function and independence" for people with various injuries. Scheuermann, an upbeat woman who calls her role in the breakthrough research "the ride of my life," quipped, "One small nibble for a woman, one giant bite for BCI (brain-control interfaces)." Delicious! [Source]
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