First Robotic Arm Controlled with the Help of Brian without Surgery

University of Minnesota along with the researchers of Carnegie Mellon have recently developed a way that can help people to control a robot arm with their minds.

The recent breakthrough has resulted in leveling up the technological advancements in robot technology and brain-computer interface.

The most uncommon and unique feature of the discovered procedure is that it does not require any surgical procedure to be conducted on the individual to control the robot arm.

The robot has showed great motor control that can prove to be of adequate advantage for the paralyzed patients and patients with other disorders to help them make movements.

The robotic arm controlled by human aims to serve as an alternative for such patients that require help with doing basic activities of their life.

Until now, the research was based on brain implants in such individuals that help in picking up the signal from the user and work accordingly. These brain implantation are highly expensive and are dangerous to the human health. Hence, very few people are capable of benefiting from the brain implant technology.

The research on controlling the robotic arm with the help of brain signals is solely based on placing the arm outside of the body, which utilizes the low quality signals coming from the brain to help the robotic arm function.

To attain this, the researchers are engaged in continuously utilizing different machine learning technologies that help them to catch such low quality signals coming from the brain.

The technique does not produce any “noise” as it is in the case of several other non-invasive techniques.

The researchers have not initiated any clinical trials as yet; however, they are soon going to take place to check the soundness of this new technique. If the technique turns out to be successful then there is a positive chance for the actual patients to benefit from it.

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