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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
BrainGate: A Breakthrough Study for Healthcare Robotics
From: Robotics Trends -
Quadriplegic's brain reconnects with a long-lost ability:
to reach, to grasp and to lift with robotic limb
Cathy Hutchinson is a quadriplegic patient who is able -
for the first time in fifteen years - to reach and grasp with a robotic limb
linked to tiny sensor in her brain. As reported in a recent study in the
journal Nature, the device, called BrainGate, bypasses the nerve circuits
broken by the brainstem stroke and replaces them with wires that run outside
Hutchinson's body. "The implanted sensor is about the size of a baby