A few years ago the thought of a robotic limb controlled by a person’s mind was the stuff of science fiction. Today, it seems like there’s a new breakthrough in bionic technology every week.
A new study published on Tuesday by Nature described one of the more impressive feats we’ve heard about: A paralyzed man and woman each had chips implanted onto the motor cortex area of the brain that measured their neurons firing as they watched lab technicians move a robotic arm. A computer recorded the pattern of their thinking as they imagined moving the robotic arm and after they had trained the computer, they took control of the arm. For the first time in years, they were able to serve themselves using nothing more than brain power.
This woman moved a robotic arm with her mind. That is so, so cool.