A brain-computer interface was implanted in a Japanese man’s motor cortex. Signals that would have made his own arms and legs move instead went to the avatar’s, making it move. Here’s the video and the story.
The NYT reports that Dr. Andrew Schwartz, professor of neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh, and his colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University have managed to get monkeys to control a robotic arm with their thoughts in order to put food in their mouths. This is not a new feat, but according to the Times, the “snacks reached their mouths about two-thirds of the time — an impressive rate, compared with earlier work.”
Great news for people with paralyzing conditions and also for those fascinated with machine-brain interfaces.