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  • In a medical first, brain implant allows paralyzed man to feel again

    For the first time, scientists have helped a paralyzed man experience the sense of touch in his mind-controlled robotic arm.
    For the cutting-edge experiment, a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, electrodes smaller than a grain of sand were implanted in the sensory cortex of the man's brain. The electrodes received signals from a robot arm. When a researcher pressed the fingers of the prosthesis, the man felt the pressure in the fingers of his paralyzed right hand, effectively bypassing his damaged spinal cord
    The results of the experiment, which have been repeated over several months with 30-year-old Nathan Copeland, offer a breakthrough in the restoration of a critical function in people with paralyzed limbs: the ability not just to move those limbs, but to feel them.

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  • #2
    Neuroprosthetics are the only possible cure for complete SCI. I'm glad they're finally testing sensory neuroprosthetics on humans.

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    • #3
      Saw this a short while ago. Very exciting!
      Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

      T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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      • #4
        Are any of our tech bazillionaires involved in this type of research,or are they more involved in the brave world of Pokemon Go and finding the next best app to get a cheap hotel room or where to find the best slice of pizza in town?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Nowhere Man View Post
          Neuroprosthetics are the only possible cure for complete SCI.
          Perhaps you will enlighten us on how you know this to be fact.

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          • #6
            Fix the damn spinal cord, why don't you?

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