A new AI limb lets amputees control robotic arms by using only their mind

Research shows that AMPUTEES could harness the power of their minds and control new AI robotic arms using their brains.

Prosthetic technology has been developed by scientists to allow people to control robot arms with brain impulses.


A team of scientists have developed a new technology that allows amputees, using the power of their brains, to control prosthetics.Credit: Getty

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota came together to discover a better option for amputees. Study shows.

“With prosthetic systems, when amputees want to move a finger, they don’t actually think about moving a finger,”Jules Anh Tuan Nguyen is a research scientist.

“They’re trying to activate the muscles in their arms since that’s what the system reads.”

Current technology means that amputees must use the remaining muscles of their arms to move prosthetics.

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While sophisticated models may use sensors to detect small movements of the muscles, the vast majority of prosthetics rely upon a wire and harness system that uses both the chest and shoulder. SciTechDaily reported.

Nguyen explained that the research team is trying brain impulses to move the arms. The current options are difficult to learn.

“It’s a lot more intuitive than any commercial system out there,” Nguyen said.

“Our technology interprets nerve signals directly and can determine the patient’s intentions.

“If they want to move a finger, all they have to do is think about moving that finger.”

The project was started in 2012 by Zhi Yan, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, who approached Zhi Yang from industry about developing a nerve-implant for amputees.

SciTechDaily stated that both of them received funding from US governments and were able to conduct several successful clinical trials.

The technology they have at the moment relies on wires which pass through skin to connect with an external AI interface.

They are however working on an implantable chip to connect remotely to a computer.

This could enable people to control prosthetics and other personal devices with their minds.

“The fact that we can impact real people and one day improve the lives of human patients is really important,” Nguyen said.

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“I’ve had the pleasure of working with many human patients over the past three to four years.

“I can get really emotional when I can help them move their finger or help them do something that they didn’t think was possible before.”


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