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Old 05-18-2012, 06:48 AM   #1
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Paralyzed woman moves robotic arm using thought alone | Cutting Edge - CNET News

Don't take life too seriously -- no one gets out alive. Plus, who wants to arrive to the hereafter in pristine condition wearing a suit and tie?
I want to slide in sideways, worn out, used up, hair a mess, clothes tattered, & screaming, "Whooo! What a ride!"
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:45 AM   #2
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:21 PM   #3
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On a more serious note, this is what technology is all about. Not playing those stupid computer games but giving back the lives of those that have some sort of disability.
The hearing implant along with research in to vision implants and now remote robotic limb control may just yet give way to a full body prosthesis. See Ghost in the Shell anime series.
We're taking baby steps in the right direction so it may not come in this generation. But at the pace tech is moving forward, some time down the road it could be possible...
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:39 AM   #4
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This is quite amazing. I wonder though, does it have any way to give feedback to the brain, or is it only really controllable when the user is looking at it? I know that for a while we've had ways to do that by sending electrical signals through nerve endings, but I'm not really sure whether that would have worked in this case. I'm also not sure if they ever figured out a way to do it where the nerves weren't pretty much destroyed after a few months. Nevertheless, very cool, I look forward to seeing what comes of this technology in the future.
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