Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh implanted electrodes in the brain of a 53-year-old quadriplegic woman that have allowed her to remotely manipulate a robotic arm with her thoughts alone. She has been able to move the arm and grasp objects, as well as flex and rotate the wrist. The scientists, who presented their research at a recent neurological surgeons meeting, said that before such technology could be used at home, they would have to develop and implant a fully wireless system that controls the robotic arm.

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