Brain Implant Allows Man to Feel Touch on Robotic Hand

At the end of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker feels when a needle pricks his newly-installed bionic hand. Researchers report today in the journal Science Translational Medicine that they can do something similar: stimulating regions of a human test subject’s brain with electrodes can recreate the perception of touch in a robotic hand. Read…

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New electrical stimulation therapy may improve hand function after stroke

New electrical stimulation therapy may improve hand function after stroke DALLAS, Sept. 8, 2016 — A new electrical stimulation therapy helped stroke survivors with hand weakness improve hand dexterity more than an existing stimulation technique, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. About 800,000 people in the United States have strokes…

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Robots, hydroponic plants and other innovations showcased Friday at Case Western Reserve University

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Research ShowCASE 2015, an annual one-day presentation of more than 400 posters, videos, prototypes and live demonstrations, is scheduled for Friday at Case Western Reserve University. Displays in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center showcase innovation and research by faculty, staff and students. The event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,…

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Paralyzed Again

We have the technology to dramatically increase the independence of people with spinal-cord injuries. The problem is bringing it to market and keeping it there. One night in 1982, John Mumford was working on an avalanche patrol on an icy Colorado mountain pass when the van carrying him and two other men slid off the…

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The Artificial Hand That Feels

Technology reconnects amputees to the world of sensation A team of scientists led by Dustin Tyler from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio is reporting a breakthrough that might soon enhance the lives of amputees around the world. They have developed a system of electrodes and algorithms that has successfully enabled people to ‘feel’ through…

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