Writer: Darren Quick
Researchers from Duke University and the Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne have made and tested technology that allowed monkeys to control a virtual arm. This arm allowed them to feel and touch digital object using brain activity. Electrodes were inserted into specific regions of the brain which controlled the planning, control, and execution of movement and the place which processes data received from cells in the body about touch.
“Such an interaction between the brain and a virtual avatar was totally independent of the animal’s real body, because the animals did not move their real arms and hands, nor did they use their real skin to touch the objects and identify their texture,” said study leader Miguel Nicolelis. “It’s almost like creating a new sensory channel through which the brain can resume processing information that cannot reach it anymore through the real body and peripheral nerves.”
This is indeed very special and new because it allows monkeys to move things virtually with just brain activity. It is just the beginning of many inventions to come, this shows us how technology is developing and how much it already has developed.
Investors- I think the investors will be pleased becuase of the amazing product produced
Possible Comsumers: people with disability that cannot use their limbs will now be able to use virtual ones
What kind of newer and better technologies like this do you think will be made in the future?