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A quadriplegic man was able to control a pair of prosthetic arms simultaneously, believed to be a medical first.
Implanted six electrodes into the brain during a 10-hour surgical procedure.
Improved sensation in his hands and was able to mentally operate his prosthetic arms.
"Simultaneous brain-machine interface control of two limbs is a particular challenge," - Gabriela Cantarero, research member.
Researchers' technology uses a system that automates part of the robotic control using artificial intelligence.
Allows user to focus on the details, such as what object to pick up, where to cut a piece of food etc.
"Our next steps include expanding the number and types of activities of daily living...with additional sensory feedback" - Francesco Tenore, research member.
Research by Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).