Man Controls Robotic Arm With His Mind

December 3, 2009


Pierpaolo Petruzziello lost his arm in a car crash and recently had a robotic prosthesis successfully attached to the nub which allows him to control the device with thought. He can also feel sensations in the arm because they implanted electrodes in his remaining arm and tied the joint into his nervous system. So basically he's Luke Skywalker. And, as much as I hate robotics, I do think this is a reasonable application of the technology. So, as a sign of no hard feelings, I suggest we hold an arm wrestling competition. What do you think, Pierpaolo? YOU BETTER BE THINKING LOSE! Get it? Mind-controlled arm joke!

Scientists hail robotic hand 'breakthrough' [bbcnews]

Thanks to Sam, Spenny "human advocat", David, Blayz and Closet Nerd, who can't even control their non-robotic arms by thought. It's called jimmy-arm, guys, and you should see a doctor.

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