- A paralysed man has used a robotic arm controlled by his mind to drink a beer on his own for the first time in 13 years!
- While other robotic limbs target the brain region that controls muscles, this technology reportedly targets our “intent to move”.
- A team of researchers led by Caltech say this feat was achieved by implanting neural chips needed to control the arm into the brain of Erik Sorto.
- This part of the brain is called posterior parietal cortex and is in charge of our intent to move.
- It’s reported that Erik has to think of much larger actions in order to complete small tasks and practice frequently (it took 6,700 attempts to play ‘rock paper scissors’).
- The team claims that this technology is more fluid than the “delayed and jerky” movement arising from technology targeting the region of the brain that controls muscles.