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VIDEO: Quadriplegic woman powers a robotic arm with her mind

Jan Scheuermann developed a degenerative condition that left her virtually paralysed – unable to move an arm for a decade.
Dec 17th 2012, 1:10 PM 5,584 7

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THESE ARE the moments where a quadriplegic woman who had not moved a limb for ten years was able to control a robotic arm and feed herself a piece of chocolate – - using only her mind.

Jan Scheuermann had been a perfectly healthy woman until developing a degenerative condition that slowly removed her ability to move her limbs, eventually leaving her virtually paralysed.

After seeing TV coverage of a successful trial for a robotic prosthesis, Jan volunteered for an experimental course of research – having electrodes fitted to record her neural signals as she sent commands to her non-functional limbs.

The brainwaves are now fed to a robotic prosthesis, which can combine seven different physical motions – all triggered by its user’s mind – to give Jan a new lease of life.

Read: Explainer: How the prosthetic ‘blades’ of Paralympic athletes work

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