A woman paralyzed 15 years ago, served herself coffee via a thermos and a straw. What’s so news worthy about that? Well, she’s a quadriplegic and she used a robotic arm that picked up the thermos and moved the arm by thought, via the “Braingate” interface designed by John Donoghue, a neuroscientist who pioneered the Braingate interface a decade ago.
It has gone from a quadriplegic being able to move a cursor on a computer screen to operating a robotic arm to serve coffee out of a thermos. This technology is amazing.
The woman also communicates via the interface by looking at a computer screen and highlighting each letter. The technology is still a long way from general use, but it is doing very well for trials in helping understand that the brain is still functional years after a brainstem injury.
Check out the article below and please watch the video:
Another company is using a robot to help the disabled… a man was able to give himself a shave with the use of a robot.