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Researchers Aim for 'Direct Brain Control' of Prosthetic Arms

July 27, 2011

image of a non-invasive Brain Cap Engineering researchers at Rice University, the University of Michigan, Drexel University and the University of Maryland have begun designing a prosthetic arm that amputees can control directly with their brains, and that will allow them to feel what they touch. While it may sound like science fiction, the researchers say much of the technology has already been proven in small-scale demonstrations. Full Story

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