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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Would you believe that brain signals from monkeys in North Carolina can control a pair of robot legs in Japan?

Would you believe that brain signals from monkeys in North Carolina can control a pair of robot legs in Japan?

With the ultimate aim of allowing paralysed people to walk again, a team at Duke University in Durham implanted electrodes in the brains of two rhesus macaques and analysed the electrical signals that drive their legs. The team then mapped the signals to specific leg movements and, via the internet, used them to control a pair of robot legs at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kyoto.

The team, which presented its work at Neuroscience 2007 in San Diego, California, hopes the technique will one day allow paralysed people to control prosthetic legs via brain implants.

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