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Tag: University of Pittsburgh

A quadriplegic patient used prosthetics to feed himself. His brain was the guide

Published: December 21, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Here’s a look at the work at the intersection of brain-computer interface, robotics and AI taking place at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.

When there’s dessert involved, most people cut a sweet treat and eat it without thinking too much about what they’re doing. But when you take a minute to consider, there’s a lot involved.

Quadriplegic man feels touch on robotic hand with brain implant

Published: October 13, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

nathan-copeland-feels-the-touchThis could be the most touchy-feely robotic limb yet. For the first time, brain stimulation has made it possible for a paralysed person to experience the sensation of touch via a bionic hand.

Robert Gaunt at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his team achieved this by implanting electrodes in the brain of Nathan Copeland, a 28-year-old quadriplegic.

These were inserted into the region of the brain that registers touch from the hand, and linked to a robotic hand in the same room via a computer. When this robotic hand was touched, it triggered stimulation of Copeland’s brain. “He feels these sensations coming from his own paralysed hand,” says Gaunt.

InCube Labs Announces $10 Million Department of Defense (DoD) Subcontract

Published: May 24, 2016

Incube-labsCompany will Collaborate with The University of Pittsburgh to Develop an Implantable Device for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

SAN ANTONIO, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — InCube Labs, a multi-disciplinary life sciences R&D lab, today announced that it has been awarded a subcontract from the University of Pittsburgh to help develop an implantable neuromodulation therapy to restore bladder function for spinal cord injury (SCI) patients.