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Brain-Machine Interface Lets Monkeys Control Arms

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 4:00pm
Duke Center for Neuroengineering

A virtual monkey avatar is shown from a 3rd person perspective as the movements of the two arms are decoded in real-time from the brain of a rhesus monkey.

In the experiment the virtual arms and 3D target objects appear on the screen from a first-person perspective to the monkey, who receives a juice reward for correctly performed trials.

This video relates to a paper that appeared in the Nov. 6, 2013, issue of Science Translational Medicine, published by AAAS.

The paper, by Dr. P.J. Ifft at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and colleagues was titled, "A Brain-Machine Interface Enables Bimanual Arm Movements in Monkeys."

Video credit Duke Center for Neuroengineering.

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