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New wrist-mounted device augments the human hand with two robotic fingers

Posted on July 18, 2014

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers.
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‘All systems go’ for a paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup

Posted on June 11, 2014

Prof. Gordon Cheng, TUM Institute for Cognitive Systems, with a prototype of CellulARSkin. (Photo: A. Heddergott / TUM) According to researchers in the Walk Again Project, all systems are go for a bold demonstration of neuroscience and cognitive technology in action: On June 12, during the opening of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a paralyzed person wearing a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton is expected to make the first kick of the football championship.   The Walk Again Project is an international collaboration of more than one hundred scientists, led by Prof. Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University and the International Institute for Neurosciences of Natal, Brazil. Prof. Gordon Cheng, head of the Institute for Cognitive Systems at the Technische Universität München (TUM), is a leading partner.
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Demo of mind-controlled exoskeleton planned for World Cup

Posted on May 12, 2014

  The World Cup opening ceremony next month in Brazil in and of itself will be enough to make June 12 a standout for athletes and their fans but yet another eye-opener may make the Sao Paulo stadium opener long remembered globally. This is when a mind-controlled exoskeleton designed to enable a paralyzed person to walk is to make its debut. Wednesday’s BBC report provided the latest developments in the robotic suit. “If all goes as planned,” wrote Alejandra Martins, “the robotic suit will spring to life in front of almost 70,000 spectators and a global audience of billions of people.” The exoskeleton was developed by an international team of scientists, part of the Walk Again Project, and described by the BBC report as a “culmination” of over 10 years of work by Dr Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian neuroscientist at Duke University in North Carolina. The effort comes from an international collaboration, including the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering. The goal is to show the brain-controlled exoskeleton during the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Joining the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering are the Technical University of Munich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Edmond and Lily
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