Duke University researchers have developed new technology, allowing monkeys to control two virtual arms at the same time, just by visualizing the movements.
The findings are significant because, until now, brain machine interaction could only control a one prosthetic at a time. But now, scientists have been able to create a robotic link that literally re-routes the monkeys' thoughts to each of the virtual arms, so they can actually move simultaneously.
The hope is that these advances will someday help humans with spinal cord injuries regain control of both their limbs, for an amazing return of more natural movements.
The study was led by researchers at Duke University and published in 'Science Translational Medicine'.
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