Brain Implant Restores Sense Of Touch To Paralyzed Man

Oct 14, 2016

By Jon Hamilton

Twelve years ago, a car wreck took away Nathan Copeland’s ability to control his hands or sense what his fingers were touching.

A few months ago, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center gave Copeland a new way to reach out and feel the world around him. It’s a mind-controlled robotic arm that has pressure sensors in each fingertip that send signals directly to Copeland’s brain.

The scientists published details of their work online Thursday in the journal Science Translational Medicine.


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