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Robotic Arm Controlled by Mind

Paralyzed Woman Gets Robotic Arm She Controls with her Mind
By Linda Carroll
msnbc.com contributor
updated 5/16/2012 1:07:05 PM ET

The stroke that disconnected Cathy Hutchinson’s brain from her body has kept her silent and unable to move for more than 14 years. But science is starting to change all that.

Researchers have connected the 58-year-old woman’s brain to a computer that runs a robotic arm. As Hutchinson sits at a table staring at a bottled drink and imagining the robot grabbing the bottle and bringing it to her mouth, the robot arm begins to move.

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