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Scientists develop world’s first non-invasive, mind-controlled robotic arm

Scientists develop world’s first non-invasive, mind-controlled robotic arm

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have unveiled a new brain-computer interface (BCI) that enables a person to control a robot arm with their minds without requiring invasive surgery.

In their test, they asked participants to control a robotic arm and point it at a moving cursor across a computer screen.

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They discovered that it was capable of continuously tracking the cursor in real-time smoothly.

“Despite technical challenges using noninvasive signals, we are fully committed to bringing this safe and economic technology to people who can benefit from it. This work represents an important step in noninvasive brain-computer interfaces, a technology which someday may become a pervasive assistive technology aiding everyone, like smartphones,” said the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) research team in a press release.

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