Electronics and technology improve our lives and in a lot of cases make it easier. The way in which technology and all the elements behind it have enabled robotic arm technology detailed in the news articles below is testament to this. Currently at the lab stage, experts are optimistic that with technology improvements and when costs come down, the robotic arm will help paralyzed people in their every day lives.
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A Massachusetts woman tests out a robotic arm that is controlled with her mind. At the moment the technology can allow the woman to pick up a bottle of coffee and bring it to her lips. The level of complex electronics, chips, surface mount technology and circuit boards alone will have contributed to this.
Some of the technology can be explained with the use of a tiny neural implant that is much smaller than an American dime. Computer technology has been taught how to interpret our brain patterns through practice. The paralysed participants watched the robot arm as they moved and then imagined repeating the process with their own arms.