Thursday, February 14, 2013

Brain Controlled Robotic Arm

Jan Scheuermann cannot use her limbs to feed herself, but she has been gifted with a robot arm that does things for her with the use of her mind.
Jan Scheuermann controlling her robotic arm
  She is the first person in the world to demonstrate that people with severe handicap can work on mind controlled robot arm with seven axes of movement. This technology which interprets brain signals to guide a robotic arm, has enormous potential that we are continuing to explore. Scheuermann brain was implanted with two electrode grids, which has 96 tiny contact points for brain areas that control rights arm and hand movement. The electrodes pick up neurons firing to activate arm movement.

   The next step for the work will be to include feedback potential in the interpret sensations like grip strength from the arm.

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