February 11, 2017

"A sensor that picks up nerve signals from the spinal cord could let people control a prosthetic arm by simply imagining the movement they want to make."

new scientist: In tests using the sensor, which has to be surgically implanted, people were able to control a virtual arm on a screen with a larger range of movement than many existing prosthetics. by Timothy Revell

'Prosthetic arms currently on the market are usually controlled by the user flexing muscles in their arm or chest.

'But there is a limit to how many commands can be mapped onto these muscle movements, which makes it difficult to do more intricate manoeuvres like pinching two fingers together.'

"Man/machine interface based on the discharge timings of spinal motor neurons after targeted muscle reinnervation" by Dario Farina, et al, here

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