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Scientists develop robotic hand for quadriplegics

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Published : Dec 7, 2016, 10:49 am IST
Updated : Dec 7, 2016, 11:31 am IST

It allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup.

In this undated grab taken from video, a patient uses a robotic hand in Badalona, Spain. (Photo: AP)
 In this undated grab taken from video, a patient uses a robotic hand in Badalona, Spain. (Photo: AP)

Berlin: Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup.

The low-cost device was tested in Spain on six people with quadriplegia affecting their ability to grasp or manipulate objects. By wearing a cap that measures electric brain activity and eye movement the users were able to send signals to a tablet computer that controlled the glove-like device attached to their hand.

Participants in the small-scale study were able to perform daily activities better with the robotic hand than without, according to results published today in the journal Science Robotics.

Tags: quadriplegia, robotic hand, spinal injuries