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[MX] Man with spinal cord injury uses brain computer interface to move prosthetic arm

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Seven years after a motorcycle accident damaged his spinal cord and left him paralyzed, 30-year-old Tim Hemmes reached up to touch hands with his girlfriend in a painstaking and tender high-five.Mr. Hemmes, of Evans City, Pa., is the first to participate in a new trial assessing whether the thoughts of a person with spinal cord injury can be used to control the movement of an external device, such as a computer cursor or a sophisticated prosthetic arm. The project, one of two brain-computer interface (BCI) studies underway at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, used a grid of electrodes placed on the surface of the brain to control the arm.

It was a unique robotic arm and hand, designed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, that Mr. Hemmes willed to extend first toward the palm of a researcher on the team and a few minutes later, to his girlfriend’s hand.

“I put my heart and soul into everything they asked me to do,†he said immediately after his achievement. “I got to reach out and touch somebody for the first time in seven years.â€

“Seeing Tim reach out with a mechanical arm to touch his girlfriend was an unexpected and poignant bonus for all of us who are involved with this exciting project,†said co-principal investigator Michael Boninger, M.D., director of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.
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That's freaking crazy !

Amazing as it may be I just think back to being a kid and thinking that human brain controlled robots/cyborgs/robocop was just around the corner. 20 more years and we will have one and as I get older I see how complicated it really is.
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