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New sensation: pioneering mind-controlled arm restores sense of touch

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Washington (AFP) – Imagine being able to control a robotic arm from a distance, using only your mind. Now imagine being able to feel when its fingers grasp an object, as though it were your own hand. US researchers published a study in the journal Science on Thursday about the world’s first brain-computer interface that allowed a volunteer with paralysis from the chest down to accomplish this very feat. The team say their work demonstrates that adding a sense of touch drastically improves the functionality of prosthetics for quadriplegics, compared to having them rely on visual cues alone. “I …

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