Jan Scheuermann, who has quadriplegia, brings a chocolate bar to her mouth using a robot arm she is guiding with her thoughts. Research assistant Elke Brown, M.D., watches in the background.
A woman paralyzed from the neck down is now able to use a robot arm to give high fives and help her eat chocolate, representing what may be the most advanced mind-controlled prosthetic hand developed for humans yet, researchers said.
Although scientists had worked on robotic limbs that monkeys could move with their minds, these new results mark the first time a person could steer thought-controlled prosthetics better than monkeys have, investigators added.
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