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Monkeys have been trained to control a virtual arm on a computer screen using only their brain waves.

Scientists say the animals were also able use the arm to sense the texture of different virtual objects.

Writing in the journal Nature, the researchers say their work could speed up the development of wearable exoskeletons.

This technology could help quadriplegic patients not only regain movement but a sense of touch as well.

In the experiments, a pair of rhesus monkeys was trained to control a virtual arm on a screen solely by the electrical activity generated in their brains.

Thanks to feedback from the experimental setup, the monkeys were also able to feel texture differences of objects on the screen.

The researchers involved say that just like a normal functioning limb, the monkeys were able to do both actions at the same time, sending out signals to control the arm while simultaneously getting electrical feedback to understand the texture of the objects that were touched.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15197124

Nothing incredibly new, but the parts on the feedback that they received from the prosthetic limb was interesting.
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Basically this is all following a study a few years back on mind-controlled systems where they realized you don't actually map it to a person's brain and try to work out all the bugs so it's just like moving your old arm; you give the brain a flawed interface and make the brain grow to compensate for it.

I'm excited for this tremendously. But it is a lot of work to re-train your brain to control these things.
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post #3 of 9
what the?

this is voodoo magic.

if this is actually legit, this opens the door for much more than paraplegics. controlling your brains signal transmission and interpreting other brain signal transmission is the first step in esp, mindcontrol, etc.
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Chimpin'
tell them to come to OCN, as we have monkey brain waves to spare
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I demand that they probe my brain and give me ungodly psychic powers that i will most assuredly not abuse.
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We will hear about this more when the military picks up Exoskeleton Troopers for the army, otherwise its a slow crawl uphill to make this cheap and affordable for those in need.
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And there was me wishing for my augmented arms so I could punch through walls like Adam Jenson...

Interesting stuff with lots of great implications.
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"wearable exoskeletons"

Now send those monkeys to Crytek immediately.
    
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they already have those IRL those exoskeleton suits

japs (civilian)
cyberdyne.jp (comes in separate parts for replacement or full body suits)

amerikas (military app)
lockheed
uc berkeley
raytheon
darpa (mechanical arm)

all versions allow the humans to move up and down cliffs/mountain ranges with 200 lb equipment without tiring out
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