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Sunday, February 20, 2005

Monkey's Paw

No it's not what you think.

How about a robotic arm that a monkey controls.

No I'm not talking about that Auto-pen Rummy uses...

I'm talking about a real robotic arm that is attached to a real monkey that is controled by that real monkeys brain.

No kidding...

Monkey's Brain Runs Robotic Arm

WASHINGTON D.C. - Robotic arms used by amputees are typically controlled by moving some other part of the body, like the opposite arm. Researchers would like to make such prostheses respond to the whim of the brain.

Now it turns out researchers have found a method so easy (well, relatively so) that a monkey can do it.

In a new study, a monkey fed itself using a robotic arm electronically linked to its brain. The work was presented here Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

You just gotta love science... just try and find me a religion that can do this...