Having identified a new, simpler way to study neural activity, researchers believe they are on track to creating a compact, low power and potentially wireless brain sensor that could make thought-controlled prosthetic limbs ubiquitous.
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Using EEG and brain computer interface technology, researchers have created a robotic arm that can be controlled without brain implants.
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Findings allow for the development of an autonomously updating brain-machine interface, which is able to improve on its own by learning about its subject without additional programming. The system could help develop new robotic prosthetics, which can perform more naturally.
Polydactyly, a condition where one is born with an extra finger, has significant benefits when it comes to motor skill and control. fMRI neuroimaging reveals those with extra fingers are able to move the digits independently of other fingers. The findings could help with the development of new prosthetics that extend motor abilities.
A new study reports amputees often feel as though their prosthetic limb is part of their body.
Researchers have developed a new electronic skin that can allow amputees to perceive touch sensations via their prosthesis. The technology, dubbed e-dermis, can recreate the sense of touch and pain by sensing stimuli and relaying impulses back to peripheral nerves.
Following targeted motor and sensory reinnervation, a procedure that reroutes residual limb nerves to intact muscles and skin in amputees, the brain remaps both motor and sensory pathways. Additionally, researchers note, TMSR may help counteract poorly adapted cortical plasticity following amputation.