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Paralyzed woman feeds herself chocolate using mind-controlled robot arm

December 18, 2012

Paralyzed woman feeds herself chocolate using mind-controlled robot arm

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine help a woman feed herself chocolate using a mind-controlled robot arm.

Imagine having to feed yourself without the ability to move your own arms. For Jan Scheuermann, a paraplegic, this is a task she is faced with everyday. A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC worked with Ms. Scheuermann to once again give her the ability to feed herself. They proved that a person with longstanding quadriplegia can use a mind-controlled robot arm to perform many of the natural motions of everyday life.

 According to UPMC, Ms. Scheuermann told the researchers less than one year ago that she was going to feed herself chocolate before the conclusion of the study. “One small nibble for a woman, one giant bite for BCI [brain-computer interface technology],” she said after accomplishing her goal.

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