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The first man to control his prosthetic arms with mind


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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).

AI allowed a man with quadriplegia control both his robotic arms at the same time

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Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


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