The LifeHand Project – An Amputee Controls Artificial Arm Using His Mind!

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LifeHand is a thought-controlled prosthesis, a scientific device that enables a person to control a robotic hand using only their mind. It’s the result of a $3 million, five-year project funded by the European Union. In 2009, it was successfully tested by Pierpaolo Petruzziello, a Brazilian naturalized Italian who had lost his left arm in a car crash.

The LifeHand Project – An Amputee Controls Artificial Arm Using His Mind!

The project, coordinated by Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies involved the implantation of four electrodes into the nervous system of Pierpaolo Petruzziello’s left arm for a one-month period, allowing him to control a four-fingered robot hand to achieve complex movements.

Researchers report that the Life Hand obeyed about 95% of the commands mentally sent by Petruzziello. This remarkable success was possible even though the hand itself was never implanted onto the patient.

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