Wheelchair Controlled By Brain Signals And Prosthetics That ‘Feel’

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Unveiled at the science conference in Washington, bionics introduced thought-controlled wheelchairs could create new opportunities for paralyzed patients. BBC News reports:

Thought-controlled wheelchairs and nerve-controlled prosthetic arms are some of the latest innovations in bionics being discussed at a science conference in Washington.

The wheelchair can be directed by brain signals detected using a cap fitted to the user and is the work of scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland (EPFL).

It is part of efforts to control machines directly via brain signals, which could lead to new devices for the paralysed and disabled.

The main focus of bionics to date has been on providing prosthetics for amputees. Prosthetic arms can now be controlled by nerve signals in the remaining arm, which can be picked up by electric sensors on the skin.

Those with arms amputated above the elbow, where important nerves have been severed, can also potentially control such devices, thanks to what is called “Targeted Muscle Reinnervation” surgery (TMR).

[Continues at BBC News]

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Maybe I’ll actually read the article at some point. But what shocks me here is how clearly Leibnitz’s “Porn Imperative”theory of technological development seems born out here: What I see in this picture is the artifical hand pointing to some dude’s naughty bits.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Maybe I’ll actually read the article at some point. But what shocks me here is how clearly Leibnitz’s “Porn Imperative”theory of technological development seems born out here: What I see in this picture is the artifical hand pointing to some dude’s naughty bits.

    Fuck federal funding for scientific research and educational grants. The private sector porn industry is more than capable of producing the technological innovations that we need to stay competitive as a nation. AI handjobs today, mutli-sensory pansexual virtual orgies tomorrow.

    Seymour Butts is not just an artist, not just an entrepreneur, he’s a G*dd*mned f*ckin’ patriot!

    • justagirl

      jack mehoff is an educated scientist who really wants to help people. >:

  • justagirl

    jack mehoff is an educated scientist who really wants to help people. >:

  • http://www.wheelchairstores.org manual wheelchair

    Wheelchair controlled by brain?…Huh?..Really?…Look how technology realizes impossibilities….Things that was once we believe unbelievable, now became believable…huhuhuhu…((whew))..it’s difficult to believe…yet it exists,,,,I have nothing to do but to believe the unbelievable things…hahahahahah…Great men for the invention,,,,.

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