Monday, February 18, 2013

So Let it Be Written, So Let it Be Done

In the Empire Strikes Back, part 2 or part 5 depending on what generation you belong to, Luke Skywalker received a new hand after his woefully neglectful father cut it off with a light saber. At the end of the movie we see him being fitted with the hand as he eyeballs his sister. This is roughly the same hand that the Terminator had to fix when he took several gunshots to the hand and arm from Kyle Reese. And of course who can forget Steve Austin in the Bionic Man. . . we will build him . . .

At any rate the Italians have done it. They have fashioned a bionic hand that allows one to "feel." So that you can send signals from the brain to the hand, guiding it to into action. The hand will be attached to the median and ulnar nerves, allowing a flow of information from the brain to the hand and hand to brain. No matter which way you cut it, this is pretty cool.

Read on.

4 comments:

The Grey Elf said...

We're way ahead of them right here in the U.S. The University of Pittsburgh is perfecting this technology as we speak, and we're only one step away from actual, genuine tactile sensation. I know this because I help to run the lab where the research is being done ;).

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/508641/patient-shows-new-dexterity-with-a-mind-controlled-robot-arm/

Stephen Chenault said...

What the??? Are you sure? I thought the only thing going on in PA was happening at Paddy's Pub in Philadelphia! hahahaaha

Stephen Chenault said...

DUDE! That is bad ass! i'll blog that sucker tomorrow.

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