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Sensing & Measurement

Man controls robotic hand with thoughts

3 December 2009

An Italian man who lost half his arm in a car crash has become the first person in the world to be given a robotic hand that can be controlled by thoughts, scientists have claimed.

The scientists behind the project said it was the first time a patient had been able to make such complex movements using his mind to control a biomechanical hand connected to his nervous system.

The biometric hand was developed at Pisa's Valdera Polo Sant'Anna School and surgically attached to the patient's nervous system via electrodes implanted into the remaining part of his left arm. After the surgery in Rome in November 2008, it took the patient just days to start using the device.

Related links:
A robotic arm breakthrough? (The Scientist)
Man controls cybernetic hand with thoughts (CNet News Crave blog)