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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Possible use cases?
Ann R. Thryft   7/9/2012 12:24:41 PM
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Chuck, prosthetic limbs were included by the researchers as a possible application for this. But sending signals to the brain would be a whole different set of hardware and software.

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Re: Possible use cases?
gsmith120   7/9/2012 1:05:38 PM
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Ann, good article.. I really like the video. 

Charles exactly what I was thinking.. if it was possible to somehow wire the finger/arm such that the signal would stimulate the brain in such a way that it would think the person was actually touch something.Charles exactly what I was thinking.. if it was possible to somehow wire the finger/arm such that the signal would stimulate the brain in such a way that it would think the person was actually touch something.  If they don't have this capability now, I'm sure it will be just around the corner.

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Re: Possible use cases?
Mike J   7/9/2012 2:28:54 PM
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Seems a few groups are working on this.

Here's a Sandia press release (and a taste of it)-

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/dnl-ssb022112.php

"The challenges are numerous. Interfaces must be structured so nerve fibers can grow through. They must be mechanically compatible so they don't harm the nervous system or surrounding tissues, and biocompatible to integrate with tissue and promote nerve fiber growth. They also must incorporate conductivity to allow electrode sites to connect with external circuitry, and electrical properties must be tuned to transmit neural signals."

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Possible use cases?
Ann R. Thryft   7/17/2012 11:56:21 AM
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Mike J, you're right. Every interesting development in robot R&D is being researched by more than one organization, and there are a huge number of robot labs in universities. For every subject like this one there's usually a handful of different approaches, too.

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