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Date: 05/19/12 02:01 PM

14 Responses to Paralysed Woman Moves Robot With Her Mind

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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    May 19, 2012 at 7:02 am
    Link: Paralysed Woman Moves Robot With Her Mind - Cathy Hutchinson has been completely paralyzed for 15 years, but now can steer a robotic arm, pick up a bottle and drink
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    Ripper398 Male 18-29
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    May 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    It`s got some kinks... I`m sure the beverage got dumped on the woman`s face, and that was an awful drating circle. He should be ashamed of himself.
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    uscbadfish Male 18-29
    267 posts
    May 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm
    Great video. Now make it so I can control a mech, and I`ll be happy.
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    casidhe Female 40-49
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    May 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm
    Ripper398 I have read your comment several times now to see if I can understand the point you were trying to make but it is simply beyond me (or rather below me).I know someone who is paralysed and I simply can`t imagine a worse hell than being imprisoned by your own body. I was moved to tears by this invention in progress. That circle drawing you mocked was an achievement beyond the "Mona Lisa" ,beyond even mans first step on the moon...these robotics will give paralysed people their humanity and their freedom to make choices . My friend wishes he were dead ,this device may one day give him not just the will to live but a life worth living !
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm
    casidhe: If your friend isn`t old, tell him it`s seriously well worth hanging in there. There are some stunning medical advances in research right now, but the really way out there stuff doesn`t get much publicity because it`s reliant on a rather grey area of medical ethics - brain surgery and cybernetics.

    No joke, no sci-fi. The basic concept is simple - the brain is the part that`s far beyond current technology, so if that`s working OK then the key is to connect the technology straight to the brain and bypass whatever part of the body isn`t working. There is serious work being done on direct brain-computer interfaces. More than that, there are existing *working* prototypes. Very limited, but the idea is proven.

    So if your friend isn`t old, it`s genuinely possible that in his lifetime it might be possible to have a powered exoskeleton controlled by the brain in exactly the same way as a natural organic body.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm
    Here`s one example of the technology used *in a person*:

    Jens Smith lost both eyes in accidents. I`ll stress that - he has no eyes. Obviously, 100% blind. With no eyes. Nothing to work with, nothing fixable.

    Jens Smith also has computers embedded in his brain. Key point there - the brain/computer interface works. It`s been done. It isn`t rejected.

    I`ve seen a video of him driving a car. It`s the "bypass the part of the body that isn`t working" idea in practice - video cameras feed to his neural computers (it sounds like sci-fi, right?) which feed to his brain. Bloody marvellous thing that it is, his brain has learnt to process the data coming in that way. So he can see. Well enough to drive.

    The weak point (which led to the removal of the system) was the sockets in his skull that the cameras plugged into. Too much of an infection risk. But that was >10 years ago. Could wi-fi through the skull today.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    Come to think of it, it`s been done with monkeys. In that case, it was used to bypass part of the nervous system (simulating unrepairable nerve damage). But the same system could be used to route movement-related signals from the brain to a powered exoskeleton. That wouldn`t even need conscious thought - the same brain activity that would normally result in movement of muscles and suchlike would instead result in the same movement of the exoskeleton, which would move the body inside it. When perfected, the person in the exoskeleton would have the speed, strength and dexterity of an athelete. Or a mythical hero, especially for strength. When your strength comes from motors, it`s not hard to have more of it than any human.

    Cyborgs are not just sci-fi. Not any more.
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
    2345 posts
    May 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    and thus the world`s first cyborg super villian has been created!
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    May 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm
    Sometimes when i am just too darn lazy, I could use one of these to pick my nose, fap, or whatever.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    May 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm
    I wonder how long it will be until the robot takes control of her.

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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    May 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm
    turdburglar uses a future version to "fap."
    "uh....uh....uh... uh...uh..uh..uh.uh uhuhuhUHUHUHU!!OW-OW-OW! STOP! STOP!" >SNAP!<
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    nayrbarr Male 18-29
    366 posts
    May 20, 2012 at 3:13 am
    I love this. It`s great to hear about advances in this field. Things like this could really change live.

    ( Also I want it for video games :P )
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36870 posts
    May 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

    HA! Howard Wolowitz did this on The Big Bang Theory

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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14657 posts
    May 20, 2012 at 9:06 am
    It can fondle the robot butt too.

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