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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 09:06 AM
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Amputee able to move robotic hand with his mind


Associated Press
December 5, 2009

Rome - A group of European scientists said Wednesday that they have successfully connected a robotic hand to an amputee, enabling him to feel sensations in the artificial limb and control it with his thoughts.

The experiment lasted a month, and scientists say it was the first time a patient 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 in Rome that last year it implanted electrodes into the arm of the patient who had lost his left hand and forearm in a car accident. The prosthetic was not implanted on the patient, only connected through the electrodes.

During the news conference, video was shown of 26-year-old Pierpaolo Petruzziello as he concentrated to give orders to the hand placed next to him.

"It's a matter of mind, of concentration," Petruzziello said. "When you think of it as your hand and forearm, it all becomes easier."

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-sci-r...
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 09:23 AM
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1. A real-life Steve Austin!
Edited on Sun Dec-06-09 09:23 AM by Dennis Donovan
Very cool story - rec'd...
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JonQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 12:22 PM
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2. Awesome
obviously there is a long ways to go. But this is very promising.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 01:07 PM
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3. AWESOME!
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phasma ex machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 10:56 PM
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4. Great find. Thanks for sharing. nt
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RT Atlanta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 10:23 AM
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5. Very cool
this was the first image that came to me (from 'Empire Strikes Back'):

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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-09-09 03:50 PM
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6. Auto-mail anyone?
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