Woman Gains Full Mind Control Of Robotic Arm, Can Manipulate Almost As Precise As A Real Arm

December 17, 2012


Seen here going straight for a chocolate bar, 52-year old quadriplegic Jan Scheuermann demonstrates the robotic arm she controls ENTIRELY WITH HER BRAIN. Impressive work, but can you do THIS? *concentrates really hard, pen begins to levitate* "I can see the fishing line, GW." Dammit Jan, you've ruined me!

To achieve this, Schwartz's team implanted two 96-channel intracortical microelectrodes in Jan's motor cortex, the part of the brain responsible for controlling the movement of our limbs. The results, according to the scientists, were uncanny. They were surprised by how fast Jan took control of the robotic arm.

[Per neurobiologist Andrew Schwartz] "I think it really is convincing evidence that this technology is going to be therapeutic for spinal cord injured people. They are doing tasks already that would be beneficial in their daily lives and I think that's fairly conclusive at this point."

Listen: I'm all for it. Aaaaand that's the last pro-robotics sentiment I'm going to express all week, okay? But enough about me getting weak in my old age, I just hope one day I'll be able to control my right arm decent enough to drink with it. *tries raising mug to lips, smashes on floor instead* That's it, I've had about enough out of you! *laying on arm to make it go numb while it tries to give me a wedgie* Haha, I'm not wearing underwear today you stupid arm! HIYO -- pinky in butt, PINKY IN BUTT.

Hit the jump for a video demo of the accuracy.

Thanks to Kendall, who's managed to train her mind to control the microwave. Not bad! (One Hot Pocket, please)

  • djcorbijn

    You were just made the recipient of the most advanced prosthetic arm in the world, what are you going to do with it? CHOC-LATE!!! NOM, NOM, NOM, NOM!!!!

  • Girgear

    The cyborg era is upon us!

  • Soon we'll all be emotionless Cybermen!

  • Bubbubsky

    Creepy that I'm playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution right now.
    That stuff is for real, and in our future. Maybe even our lifetimes.

  • GreyGanado

    Why does she have a male name?

  • Jan could be short for Janice or Janet or some such.

  • n_a_a_s

    awesome, big up yourself science!!

  • imagine the fapping posibilities. endless

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