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Brain-machine interface from University of Houston may expand options for non-invasive prostheses

A University of Houston (UH) research team has demonstrated the success of its new brain-machine interface algorithm, which has allowed an amputee to control a prosthetic hand using only his mind (and a non-invasive skull cap).

Published March 30 in Frontiers in Neuroscience, the UH study found that the team’s non-invasive electroencephalogram (EEG) brain monitoring method and brain-machine interface program—which process the user’s brainwaves and detect their movement intentions—allowed a 56-year-old subject to successfully grasp a water bottle and a credit card with a bionic hand, attached also non-invasively in place of his missing one.

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