Utilizing brain signals to operate prosthetic limbs using Brain Computer Interface (BCI) is not new, and scientists have been gradually making progress in this field for numerous years. Normally, BCI concentrate on operating one prosthetic arm thats managed from only one side of the brain which works well for people who still have one operating limb. Whats amazing about this specific case is that Buz was able to control both of his prosthetic arms all at once. As youll see in the video listed below, piercing the cake with a fork and holding it with one hand, and after that cutting it with a knife with the other requires making use of both arms simultaneously which is considered a more complex challenge. The group had the ability to achieve this by utilizing synthetic intelligence to partly manage Buzs prosthetic arms..
Robert “Buz” Chmielewski is a quadriplegic man who lost control over his limbs thirty years back because of a skiing accident as a teen. Simply recently, with the aid of a team dealing with restoring motion in limbs to individuals with spine injuries, he was able to command a set of prosthetic limbs to cut a piece of cake and feed him– through brain signals!
View the video below to see Buz cut a cake and feeding it to himself utilizing this BCI strategy.
For robotics and BCI, this is an excellent achievement yet simply the beginning. We still have a long way to go in advancing this ability and making it widespread but its certainly great to see this kind of incremental progress being made.
Additional reading: Johns Hopkins.