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Innovations for paraplegics: Mind-controlled robots and wheelchairs, electric skin and more
While some researchers continue to focus on creating new technologies with some disturbing applications like mobile phone microchips capable of seeing through walls and militarized hallucinations courtesy of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), thankfully not all scientists are devoting their time and intellectual prowess to less-than-admirable projects.
Indeed, recently a paralyzed individual at a hospital in Sion, Switzerland tested out a groundbreaking new device which allows paraplegic persons to control robots from a remote location using only their mind.
The man sent a mental command to a computer in front of him using a tight-fitting cap outfitted with electrodes known as a g.GAMMAcap which was then transmitted to another computer which controlled a small robot some 37 miles away in the town of Lausanne.
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