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Thought controlled robotic hand

Italian Scientists Unveil Thought-Controlled Robotic Hand
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,578806,00.html
 
ROME — A group of European scientists say they have successfully connected a robotic hand to a man who had lost an arm, allowing him to feel sensations in the artificial hand and control it with his thoughts.
The experiment lasted a month. Scientists say it was the first time an amputee has been able to make complex movements using his mind to control a biomechanic hand connected to his nervous system.
The Italian-led team said at a news conference Wednesday in Rome that last year they implanted electrodes into the arm of the patient, who had lost his left hand and forearm in a car accident.
The electrodes were removed after a month, during which the man learned to wiggle the robotic fingers and make other movements.

 AP
Amputee Pierpaolo Petruzziello successfully manipulated a robotic hand using electrodes to his body
 

 AP
Electrodes in Petruzziello body allowed him to control the prosthetic with his thoughts and feel sensations in the artificial limb

 AP
Thsi event marks the first time an amputee has made complex movements using his mind to control a biomechanic hand

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