Video of the Week #43 May 16th, 2012:

From: Paralyzed Patient Swills Coffee by Issuing Thought Commands to a Robot by Gary Stix at Observations.

Source: BrainGate collaboration

This week’s video is from the ‘BrainGate collaboration’ of the Department of Veteran Affairs, Brown University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the German Aerospace Center. This video showcases ground-breaking technology that allows paralzyed individuals to use their brainwaves to accomplish simple tasks. The woman in the video directed a five-fingered robot hand attached to the mechanical arm to grasp a straw-equipped canister of coffee and bring it to her lips, the first time she had been able to perform that action since she suffered a stroke 14 years earlier. Watch the event itself and an explanation of the technology.