Paralyzed man regains ‘sense of touch’ with mind-controlled robotic arm

With the help of a brain implant and a robotic arm, a 28-year-old man left paralyzed after a spinal cord injury has regained his sense of touch.Nathan Copeland – pictured with lead researcher Dr. Robert Gaunt – has regained sense of touch as a result of a brain implant and a robotic arm.Image credit: UPMC/Pitt Health Sciences In the winter of 2004, Nathan Copeland, from Pennsylvania, broke his neck in a car accident, which damaged his spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the chest down. At the time of his accident, Nathan had just started college, but his injury – which left him needing assistance with everyday activities – made it difficult to continue. This prompted him to enroll in a registry to take part in…


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