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A New Robotic Hand That Can "Feel"

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the i-am-your-father dept.

Medicine 112

Dyne09 writes "The BBC is running a video report about a group of Swiss and Italian scientists who have created the 'Smart Hand,' a robotic hand with forty sensors that 'connect directly to the brain.' Though fuzzy on the details, the report says the hand provides sensor feedback to a willing test subject, a 22-year-old man who lost his hand to cancer three years ago. How long until we have access to Star Wars-esque robotic limbs?"

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One word (4, Funny)

SpinyNorman (33776) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804097)

Telepresenceporn

Re:One word (4, Interesting)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804153)

If I had a robotic hand, there are certain parts of my- and other people's- bodies that I would be very reluctant to touch, squeeze or otherwise pleasure with it. It's all fine and dandy until one of the hydraulic lines breaks and someone needs a new set of genitals.

Re:One word (5, Funny)

cjfs (1253208) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804227)

And you thought buffer overflows were scary before...

Re:One word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29805125)

And of course, once again Sweden develops state of the art medical treatment. A social democratic country of 9 million inhabitants, always on the edge.
 
I'll quote Eddie Murphy as I end this post, to the rest of the world: "What have you done for me lately?"

Re:One word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29807275)

Yeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahy--

This program has performed an illegal Bonoperation and will be shut down.

Re:One word (1, Redundant)

genner (694963) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804419)

If I had a robotic hand, there are certain parts of my- and other people's- bodies that I would be very reluctant to touch, squeeze or otherwise pleasure with it. It's all fine and dandy until one of the hydraulic lines breaks and someone needs a new set of genitals.

That's the beauty you don't actually have to touch or squeeze the macheine provides feedback directly to the brain. It would be like phantom limb syndrome but a lot more fun.

Re:One word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804693)

Yes, yes, I want one more... no, one thousand more....no, one hundred billion virtual genitals!

Just imagine all your neurons are excited at the same time!

(and not because of epilepsy :)

Re:One word (2, Funny)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804855)

It's all fine and dandy until one of the hydraulic lines breaks and someone needs a new set of genitals.

Yeah, but your new genitals will have telepresence too.

Re:One word (2, Funny)

Admiral Ag (829695) | more than 4 years ago | (#29805447)

Dude, Italian scientists helped design this. You can be sure it's grope ready.

Re:One word (1)

gnapster (1401889) | more than 4 years ago | (#29811171)

Prosthesis patient: "Doctor, will I be able to grope women with my new arm?"
Doctor: "Yes, I should think so."
Patient: "Oh, good! They wouldn't let me with my old arm!"

Re:One word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804163)

I already have a working hand for that, thank you though.

More importantly this hand allows amputees to know how much force they're exerting with the prosthetic, which allows them to perform more delicate tasks. Its hard to be able to both crack an egg and lift a weight with a hook arm that has no force feedback.

Re:One word (1)

pyrosim (856745) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804247)

It's actually easy to do both of those things with a no-feedback arm. You might not be able to cause the insides of the egg to go where you want, but you can certainly crack it. :p

Re:One word (2, Insightful)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#29810053)

"I already have a working hand for that, thank you though."

Yes, but it's a lot easier to hold the magazine with two hands.

Re:One word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804373)

I wonder if they developing a penis version, too. I would order 2-3... and maybe a vagina, too.

Re:One word (4, Funny)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804729)

You do realize that the vast majority of young impressionable girls you would be meeting on the Internet to have telepresenceporn sessions with, would in fact be, older perverted men.

It's going to be dudes manipulating your junk. DUDES. Even if you go for the paid-for telepresenceporn of supposedly higher quality you will most likely still get dudes manipulating your junk. They will be outsourced foreign dudes touching your junk.

One word - Dudes.

Re:One [more] word... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804853)

Hey Edlll, think you might want to take a shower and wash some of that homophobia off. What do you care if it's a dude?

Seriously, once the touch is digital, it's gender-less. Find me a digital tongue, I don't care if it's a guy, girl, or pygmie camel is on the other end so long as that tongue moves ........ohhhh like that!

Besides, *all* my gay friends say hj's from other gay men are superior to the ones from straight women. Something about you have to have one to know how to touch one.

Sweet dreams!

Re:One [more] word... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29805449)

It may be somewhat offtopic, but even as a "straight dude" (Ok so let's say 1 on the Kinsey scale) I can tell you hand(and other)jobs from a man ARE much better then from a woman. Just so you know.
I've come to embrace transsexuals.

Re:One [more] word... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29807147)

Besides, *all* my gay friends say hj's from other gay men are superior to the ones from straight women. Something about you have to have one to know how to touch one.

Uh, maybe it's just hotter for them, since they're into dudes and all? Just my own 2 cents.

Personally it's not entirely about how good it feels, it's also about how hot the chick is. Having a dude manipulate my junk would destroy the experience for me. Also just my 2 cents; you're welcome to have a different opinion.

Re:One word (3, Funny)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804869)

I always thought this scenario was what really inspired "The Turing Test".

Re:One word (2, Funny)

amplt1337 (707922) | more than 4 years ago | (#29806815)

Nah, Turing would not have objected to "DUDES."

Re:One word (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 4 years ago | (#29810411)

The original Turing Test was based on The Imitation Game where people try to convince someone they are the opposite gender.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_test#Alan_Turing [wikipedia.org]

To demonstrate this approach, Turing proposes a test inspired by a party game known as the "Imitation Game," in which a man and a woman go into separate rooms, and guests try to tell them apart by writing a series of questions and reading the typewritten answers sent back. In this game, both the man and the woman aim to convince the guests that they are the other. Turing proposes recreating the game as follows:

We now ask the question, "What will happen when a machine takes the part of A in this game?" Will the interrogator decide wrongly as often when the game is played like this as he does when the game is played between a man and a woman? These questions replace our original, "Can machines think?"

As my one buddy used to say (jokingly)... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29807867)

Geez, you suck one dick and you're labelled a faggot!

But does it work over Tor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29805099)

No risk of STDs, no worries about whether you are large enough... Hell, robotic penises will rid the world of Viagra and Penis enlargement spam! In awkward situation? Just disconnect.

I, for one, am waiting for Omgle [omegle.com] for sex.

It will take exactly... (1, Insightful)

urIkon (1073202) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804129)

4 years.

I got a pussy in my panties (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804459)

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I got a pussy in my panties (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804167)

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It's only a matter of time... (3, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804195)

...until that old joke about the robot hand that takes direction by microphone resurfaces. I believe it ends with the line, "Bionic hand, jerk it off." The subsequent scream is, in the grammatical sense at least, silent.

Sweden != Switzerland (3, Informative)

ridens (567558) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804241)

Swedish and Italian

Re:Sweden != Switzerland (1)

Rakshasa Taisab (244699) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804417)

Sweden is where they got polar bears, switzerland is where the kangaroos are.

Re:Sweden != Switzerland (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804615)

No! That's Austria!

Re:Sweden != Switzerland (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29806553)

switzerland is where the kangaroos are.

That's Austria, newb!

All a matter of supply and demand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804275)

How long until we have access to Star Wars-esque robotic limbs?"

Depends if the demand [zwixy.com] keeps increasing.

What's left for the movies? (1)

TechnologyResource (1638031) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804285)

This is amazing. The first thing that comes to mind is the 1987 movie, Robocop. I have to wonder what drama will be left for movies in a couple decades from now if imagination is becoming a reality.

Re:What's left for the movies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804323)

Really, the first? What about Luke's replacement hand?

Re:What's left for the movies? (1)

mirix (1649853) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804331)

I suppose they'll have to make reality movies. But - now more than ever - Detroit could really benefit from robocop.

Re:What's left for the movies? (2, Insightful)

cjfs (1253208) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804339)

I have to wonder what drama will be left for movies in a couple decades from now if imagination is becoming a reality.

Well, I still don't have my warp drive. There's probably still a few other sources of material [wikipedia.org] out there. I think we're safe for a few thousand more years ;-).

I wonder at some point if people will stop "dying" (2, Interesting)

parallel_prankster (1455313) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804305)

So many new articles in the past weeks about new arms, legs, hearts (maybe/hopefully )etc, at what point will the concept of death change ? How much time do we have before all our parts can be replaced and we can be immortal overloads eating junk food all day.

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (1, Insightful)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804367)

i think it'll happen, BUT there is one massive hurdle - cell death in the brain.

i think it's possible we will solve this in our life time if moralists and religous groups don't get in the way of good science.

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (4, Interesting)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804475)

Eventually it may be possible that the brain itself could be replaced with an artificial unit (and our conciousness "Transeferred"). At that point though I'd say that you wouldn't really have the same person left. Just a simulation of that person. Or as Dr. Bashir put it in one episode of DS9 (Star Trek had artificial brains):

Nerys, if I remove the rest of his brain... put a machine in its place... he may look like Bareil... and he may even talk like Bareil... but it won't be Bareil. The "spark of life" will be gone. He'll be dead. And I'll be the one who killed him.

Indeed if we ever moved to that point, there would be no need for the rest of the artificial organs. Most of that stuff serves one ultimate goal - keep the brain running. If the brain itself were powerable by electricity then it would make sense to eliminate the other inefficient biological parts and just plug the new artificial brain into a completely artificial body.

All these artifact parts are great, but.. (2, Interesting)

UncleWilly (1128141) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804847)

When we more fully understand and modify humans through genetics, etc., it will make these mechanics look like stone spears do today.

Just imagine if we could grow a new limb with some daily therapy in only a few months; or if humans were Radiation Hardened at the cellular level from birth.

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804969)

i guess it comes down to do you believe there is something more to us then the information stored in the brain?

I think if you could grow a brain that was 100% identical to your original, and transfer all of the information from the original, it'd still be you.

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 4 years ago | (#29810775)

i guess it comes down to do you believe there is something more to us then the information stored in the brain?

Perhaps not even then. If there is a soul that runs the brain behind the scenes, perhaps it can run anything sufficiently brain-like from behind the scenes.

Or, it'll be like the HHGTTG: "I'll know the difference!"..."No you won't, you'll be programmed not to."

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (1)

mOdQuArK! (87332) | more than 4 years ago | (#29805049)

Replace a living brain neuron by neuron with a completely compatible artificial replacements. At point do you become a different person?

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (3, Insightful)

wisty (1335733) | more than 4 years ago | (#29805375)

My grandfather has an old axe. It's had 3 new handles, and 2 new heads ...

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 4 years ago | (#29807781)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus [wikipedia.org]

I think the issue now is that the human brain is constantly having neurons dye and new ones grow.

If you slowly replace one at a time... At what point does it cease to be the original. Actually it only takes 7 years (or so) for the process for all our cells.

Did the person from 7 years ago die and I am a new person with their memories?

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 4 years ago | (#29808507)

Look at it alternatively though: with memory transfer (as would be required by such an electronic replacement, it would be possible to transfer your memories and thoughts to the target device and leave your brain intact. Ok, so you wake up. You stare at the mechanical version of yourself which has just been switched on. YOU still exist. The mechanical replacement in front if you has your memories and thinks as if it were you, but now being a third party observer I think it's plainly obvious that the entity standing in front of you is not you.

Indeed, if you were to then drop dead, do you think "you" would somehow transfer to the new mechanical body? Of course not. It exists as a separate entity. "You" would cease to exist, leaving on the reproduction that thinks very much like you.

To an external observer, sure, you never died, but from in internal point of view, each new instance is a different person. I really think Descartes was onto something when he said "I think, therefore I am.".

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (2, Interesting)

gknoy (899301) | more than 4 years ago | (#29809989)

You stare at the mechanical version of yourself which has just been switched on. YOU still exist. The mechanical replacement in front if you has your memories and thinks as if it were you, but now being a third party observer I think it's plainly obvious that the entity standing in front of you is not you.

Is it not? In the hypothetical Star Trek universe, are people no longer the same person after Transportation (in which their matter is destroyed completely and rebuilt at a different time and location)? The only thing preventing use of Transport for cloning (of an exact duplicate) is, as far as I know, ethical rather than technological (since they've had accidents that have cloned people). If one person steps into one door, and two people step out the other, who's to say which is "you"? If a perfect mind transfer were possible, I think the question's moot. If we put Stephen Hawking in a brand new robotic body, I suspect he'd be just as brilliant.

If minds are information, it's not hard to imagine that, someday, technology will exist to allow us to make perfect copies -- just the way we now can with music. At (or before) that point, our whole concept of what it means to be a person will need to evolve. Accelerando delves into this in a more mindblowing and complete manner than I can. ;)

If you knew your current body were dying of cancer, and you could transfer your consciousness to a machine next to your body, after having done so I believe the consciousness in the machine would consider itself "you" even as it watched its former shell die. Copying before death would be ... confusing, at the least. I would love to see some chess grandmaster do it, though. ;)

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 4 years ago | (#29813327)

I've often joked that by the time it's my turn to die, I'll just be able to upload myself into a cyborg, and it'll be sweet, but there's gotta be some serious upheaval going along with that.

One other idea I thought was pretty cool would be to upload myself into a self-repairing space ship and explore the universe, unhindered by long flight times.

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (1)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 4 years ago | (#29805357)

<quote>So many new articles in the past weeks about new arms, legs, hearts (maybe/hopefully )etc, at what point will the concept of death change ? How much time do we have before all our parts can be replaced and we can be immortal overloads eating junk food all day.</quote>

2030

Re:I wonder at some point if people will stop "dyi (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#29807279)

We cyborgs are legion. There are people with artificial hips, knees, heart pacemakers, etc. I have an artificial lens [slashdot.org] in my left eye that sits on struts and can actually focus.

You will be assimilated. You will beg to be assimilated. I spent a thousand dollars of my own money to be assimilated (and it was worth every penny to no longer need glasses and contacts).

Dean Kamen's robotic arm? (5, Informative)

hooeezit (665120) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804481)

This technology is only a subset of the prosthetic arm - 'Luke' - developed by Dean Kamen's company. The prosthetic arm is controlled directly by the user's brain as well and allows a lot more complexity compared to the hand shown here. Also, Luke is being built as a modular system where you only use the parts of the arm that you need - if you don't need the upper arm, you can use just the hand and lower arm, and so forth.
More details below:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/05/dean-kamens-rob/ [wired.com]
http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/bionics/dean-kamens-luke-arm-prosthesis-readies-for-clinical-trials/2 [ieee.org]
http://blog.ted.com/2008/02/dean_kamens_arm.php [ted.com]

PS: For those who can't place the name, Dean Kamen is the inventor of Segway, among other things.

Re:Dean Kamen's robotic arm? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804727)

I remembered him as the inventor of the insulin pump. Which, let's be honest, is probably far more useful than the Segway.

I don't know why, but something about the Segway just makes people look like smug jackasses.

Re:Dean Kamen's robotic arm? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29805715)

Don't forget his most important invention: FIRST Robotics. Even long after all his inventions are old and outdated, FIRST's effects will continue.

Interesting .. but.... (4, Funny)

tkjtkj (577219) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804491)

Cancer below the elbow or below the knee is medically unheard of ...

Re:Interesting .. but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804547)

what the fuck are you talking about. No it isn't you fuckwit. Why are you posting that, since you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. What do I do? Oh, I am a Clinical Scientist working in Oncology. So, trust me when I say that I produce radiotherapy treatment plans for such cases on a routine basis. Dickhead.

Re:Interesting .. but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29805435)

Ehhh... No need to call names now is there?
I thought that scientist never used such language... Or when they do, they do it unanonymously.
Luckily enough I am not a scientist! Dickhead! :-)

Ruud

Re:Interesting .. but.... (1)

Interoperable (1651953) | more than 4 years ago | (#29805875)

I couldn't say whether that's true or not, but it's irrelevant. People lose hands for all sorts of reasons. Like pop-bottle dry ice bombs...remember, put the cap on then run, don't try shaking it.

Re:Interesting .. but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29806691)

Cancer below the elbow or below the knee is
medically unheard of ...

My grandmother had some kind of skin cancer on her foot. They had to remove a healthy chunk of the bottom of her foot to get it all out. Thankfully it never recurred and it didn't impair her walking.

Re:Interesting .. but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29807149)

Lies! What about Bob Marley's famously fatal toe cancer? Last I checked, toes mainly occur below the knee.

Re:Interesting .. but.... (1)

Ozlanthos (1172125) | more than 4 years ago | (#29808351)

My thoughts exactly. However, I believe there have been cases of tumorous growths in association with repetitious (usually work-related) localized exposure to toxic or radioactive agents. Then again, I can think of at least one scenario where the science to replace limbs was a solution without a problem. That is until some poor schmuck walks into your office complaining about "aches in his whacking hand"...."Hmm yes , it appears you have..uh...cancer!", "Yes!, thats it, you have cancer in your right hand"..."Only one solution for an advanced case such as yours, AMPUTATION!" "Sorry to put it to you like that, but there is no tender way to talk about having to remove part of a live person". . "By the way, some genius just invented a new robotic prosthetic hand!"

Profit!

-Oz

Ummm.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804577)

Does anyone know why is this story tagged as porn?

Post 2k depression (2, Insightful)

SpaceMadne55 (1659699) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804665)

The future (post 2000) isn't as epic as was promised, but it is nice to see that some things they promised are actually coming through. Losing ones arms or legs will still suck but you can look forward to being able to live without needing assistance for every little thing. The tech is still in it's infancy, i'm sure that down the line the people with prosthetic limbs will be moving among us without us having a clue!

Re:Post 2k depression (1)

Yoozer (1055188) | more than 4 years ago | (#29807435)

The future (post 2000) isn't as epic as was promised

It's more epic. A smartphone means more computing power in your hand than was present in an entire floor of an office building in the 70s.

Flying cars are a stupid idea anyway.

Re:Post 2k depression (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#29807835)

The future (post 2000) isn't as epic as was promised

On the contrary, it's MORE epic than promised. There are very few things we've been "promised" by so-called "futurists" (where can I get a PhD in futurism?) that haven't happened, and many, many things sci-fi writers mentioned would be here in a couple centuries that are here now. No, no flying cars yet, but what else don't we have?

When Star Trek came out, there were no self-opening doors, cell phones, flat screen displays, displays with straight edges, PDAs, personal computers (indeed, at the time a computer far less powerful than than the one on your desk took a whole building to house), robots, drone aircraft, microwave ovens, VCRs, space stations (space travel was in its infancy), communications satellites, GPS, artificial hearts, pacemakers, artificial knees and hips, etc.

I journaled [slashdot.org] about a friend's medical procedure and how it was more sci-fi than STOS. McCoy gave Kirk reading glasses for his age related presbyopia, I have a cybernetic implant and don't need McCoy's quaint spectacles.

We are living in a science fiction world full of things I never dreamed I'd see in my lifetime.

The causes of post-2k depression: (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 4 years ago | (#29811381)

Good post. When you think about it, all the post-y2k "letdowns" fall into two categories:

1. Dangerous and expensive personal vehicles
2. Tourism to insanely expensive and inhospitable locations

What do they have in common? Danger and expense. Futurists speculating on the post-y2k era seem to have ignored two major trends:

1. The increasing obsession with safety. Come on, this has been going on throughout the history of civilization, it's not like it snuck up on you. The only issue is that it's been gaining on our technological advances lately (see: automotive industry, sucky new cars instead of cool future cars).

2. The only very slight increase in wealth/standard of living for the middle and lower classes despite massive leaps in productivity and efficiency. Again - come on, this is not new.

So no flying cars or cool future cars, jetpacks, lunar theme parks or underwater hotels for the masses.

Expectations in all other areas have been met or exceeded IMO.

You say "Star Wars"... (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 4 years ago | (#29804827)

... but I'm thinking "Futurama". As in "Handcrafters - new hands in about an hour!"

Re:You say "Star Wars"... (1)

ezzzD55J (697465) | more than 4 years ago | (#29805801)

From "I dated a robot"? "The Devil's hands are idle playthings" is a better match imho :) ("They're very good hands!")

Italians give an hand, when you are in need... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29804981)

you see, Italians are always there to give an hand, when you are in need...
then they looks strangely at you and say:

"ya know, electronic hands broke sometime... you should pay for some protection"

(guys, I am making jokes ok? (I am myself Italian!))

Ciao
ALEX

Attach to a computer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29805113)

Wouldn't it be possible using tech like this to create something like a brain/nerve controlled mouse? I've seen some of the videos where they have what appears to be multiple calibration control slider sensors on the computer screen that appear to work similar to those used when calibrating a joystick. With just 2 axes you should be able take over a large portion of the mouse's functionality of moving the cursor, but with nine or more you could replace almost all current input devices, short of maybe the keyboard.

Re:Attach to a computer? (2, Informative)

plastbox (1577037) | more than 4 years ago | (#29805905)

I must say, I was intrigued by your question, but then I realized you were talking about computer mice.. =/

Swiss is not Sweden. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29805135)

Correct the article.
No where in the video or the linked article, says anything about Swiss people.
They guy with the hand is speking Swedish and it's clearly say Sweden in the article.

It's so american to make this misstake. //Robert (yeap i'm Swedish)

The brain always impresses me. (3, Insightful)

Interoperable (1651953) | more than 4 years ago | (#29805909)

The brain's ability to adapt to enormous change in the manner of input it's receiving is incredible. It will be very interesting to see how effectively the brain can adapt to interpreting the sensory signals from the new hand and control it. This [xkcd.com] seems like even more of a good idea now.

Re:The brain always impresses me. (1)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 4 years ago | (#29806091)

Of course the brain always impresses you! You're thinking about it with your brain, it's just bigging itself up! Sheesh!

already been done (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29806227)

was this rehashed because it named countries other than the US?
We already have neuro feedback limbs that sense, WTF is there to
read here that is new... nothing!!!!

typical anti US bullshit propaganda..

!Robotic (1)

Bakkster (1529253) | more than 4 years ago | (#29806327)

Why not call this by the more accurate (and awesome) name: cybernetic.

For some reason we forget how many cyborgs we already have living with cochlear implants, cybernetic prosthetics, bionic hearts, and more. They're cyborgs, and that's awesome. Welcome to the future!

Oblig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29809833)

Nooooo! That's Impossible!

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