BrainGate2: Cathy Hutchinson Controls Robot Arm with Her Mind
Cathy Hutchinson Uses Robot Arm to Grab Coffee
Cathy Hutchinson, who has been paralyzed from the neck down for 15 years, used a technology called BrainGate2 to control a robot arm with her mind. The first thing Cathy did with the robot arm: grab a cup of coffee.
What makes this so cool is that it's beyond proof of concept: Cathy Hutchinson used the robot arm to do something that she would want to do in real life. At the moment, the Braingate equipment is still bulky and wire-controlled; not to mention insanely expensive (Blue Shield would never touch it). Ideally, the system will be controlled wirelessly.
I sincerely home that they're building Cathy a Gundam suit as we speak.
The sensor, about the size of a baby aspirin, eavesdropped on the electrical activity of a few dozen brain cells as the study participants imagined moving their arms. The chip then sent signals to a computer, which translated them into commands to the robotic arms.
Maybe, if we're lucky, battlesuit showdowns in estate gardens will be commonplace in our lifetime.