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Giving Prosthetics a Sense of Touch

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Virtual monkey touch

In an experiment, monkeys implanted with two interfacesone that reads their intended movements and another that responds to touch sensationslearned to operate the arm of a virtual monkey.

Credit: Nicolelis Lab at Duke University

Brain-machine interfaces have made it possible for monkeys and some humans to control robotic limbs using just their thoughts. But ideally, a person using an artificial limb or other device would not only be able to control the device, but also feel what it's touching.

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