A mind-controlled robotic arm works a lot better, is more controllable than ever and can grasp objects more precisely.
Above: New Movements for a Mind-Controlled Robot Hand. Credit: Journal of Neural Engineering/IOP Publishing
Thanks to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Jan Scheuermann, who has longstanding quadriplegia and has been taking part in the study for over two years, has gone from giving “high fives” to the “thumbs-up” after increasing the manoeuvrability of the robotic arm from seven dimensions (7D) to 10 dimensions (10D).
According to popsci: A previous version of this story said the robotic arm was developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. The arm was actually developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.