The sight of a paralysed woman controlling a robotic arm, using just her thoughts, was enough to dominate the headlines in 2012.
At the time, experts in the field said it was an “unprecedented performance” and a “remarkable achievement”.
Two years on, the same woman has taken another significant step towards restoring her natural movements by controlling the arm with a range of complex hand movements.
Jan Scheuermann, who has longstanding quadriplegia, is now able to give high fives and thumbs up.
The plaudits go to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, who have increased the manoeuvrability of the robotic arm from seven to 10 dimensions. Continue reading