Robotic Arm Controlled with Brain Implant

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Paralyzed no more! Thats the goal of a team of brilliant scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. They’ve created a special implant that connects the human brain with a robot. An implant that effectively works the same way our own nervous system does. DNews’s Anthony Carboni shows us their amazing work.

Special Thanks to the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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22 comments

AntediluvianWolf April 11, 2014 - 11:52 PM

With the the way we are evolving ourselves I feel that down the road, voluntary augmentation of ones body will be easy for us to give up parts of our bodies for parts that we deem better, or more suited for our needs. What is moral or ethical really is all up to the individual. We influence each others thoughts and feeling and come to agreement on what is right. So when a large society accepts a certain action we deem it ok within that society. When it comes to the god blessed us with our bodies who are we to change it…. I say no more then we are the masters to our own evolution. Nature will either destroy us or accept us.

Blackthorn April 16, 2014 - 5:31 AM

I'd get as many prosthetics as possible. A robot arm or leg can't get sick

Inochi Fumetsu April 17, 2014 - 12:59 AM

I would NEVER do this. It's one thing if you lost a limb by accident and we're talking about really advanced bionic prostheses.. but voluntarily surgically remove something from myself?? Not a chance in hell.

I would even be pretty damned apprehensive over installing implants. Now something like augmented reality contacts.. I'm cool with.. VERY cool with.. but if I had to implant a chip in my eye? or worse? REMOVE my eye? Nah. I think Imma pass thanks…

The Chainsaw Squirrel April 18, 2014 - 9:08 PM

I'd only do It if I could switch back to my human arm any time I wanted to. however, that's pretty much impossible. I can see a way that it could be done, but it'd involve using cybernetics.

logan bailey April 19, 2014 - 4:13 AM

evry limp im place for robotic arm atached to body theve done it before

12ock April 25, 2014 - 6:34 AM

heres a comment found in the movies…what if you yourself your soul put in a computer.. became a program..not some robo cop thing more of a transfer of data from biology to hardware….

Ruski Ryan April 26, 2014 - 6:53 PM

People have been fitting manufactured parts to their bodies for many years, these include Monocles, Spectacles, Dentures,Wigs, Prosthetic Arms, Legs and other extremities. also Glass Eyes and Pacemakers. more recently Heart Valves too. so there is really no argument against development of Robotic limbs when it will help disabled people to regain some degree of freedom.

Mirkus Reuven April 28, 2014 - 2:05 AM

i'd take it i want to have super powers 

Matt Bizzon May 28, 2014 - 7:14 AM

i dont think i would do it because i think i want to survive airport security thank you

Chrisby001 June 19, 2014 - 3:49 AM

I loved the technology that was shown in deus ex human revolution but also in this games story we saw how the technology was manipulated and misused by the powers that be, there is nothing to stop something similar to this from happening

MrBloody5000 July 14, 2014 - 9:37 AM

I think all of us teenagers know what part of the body they'd like to have improved. ;)
(If you know what I mean)

Bob Bobson September 29, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Ghost in the Shell here we come.

Aquele Inconveniente October 1, 2014 - 1:16 AM

my penis… I'd upgrade my penis…

Julia Greigh December 23, 2014 - 3:45 AM

what if we turn into terminators when we get the transplants!!!!

Pinballers319 February 7, 2015 - 4:21 PM

I would get one if my arm was cut off or something.
But I would not intentionally just lob off my arm for a robot one.

HAASSSSS! August 26, 2015 - 2:25 PM

this is ridiculous, when I'm dead this technology will not be created

William Goto January 23, 2016 - 11:44 PM

"I never ask for this", anyone?

ya sup March 21, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Fuck my weak human left arm i'm going to get a robotic one.

Brandon Wallace April 16, 2016 - 7:25 AM

im good on the penis just give me arms and legs of hulk and i will be set :P

ariel ramirez May 28, 2016 - 9:39 AM

Es pura mierda este video… Ni un puto video de su como funciona en realidad….

Cybernetter 33 December 25, 2016 - 4:03 PM

no the only time I would replace myself with tech is when I have lost a part of my body or the tech would not effect my body

steef4000000 April 23, 2018 - 5:10 AM

using technology to replace something isn't a bad thing and using technology to improve our capability's is a double edged sword if we don't think about the consequences and view that technology way to casually.
but it might still be better to improve ourself with tech then build robots that eventually will be build with ai and if the programming wasn't done carefully will start a i robot kind of movie
so the point is to think about it and discuss it to get to a right anwser