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Mind-controlled limb developed by Hopkins researchers

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Researchers at Johns Hopkins believe they've developed the first artificial arm that can successfully be controlled by a person's mind.

Details of the advancement are described in the "Journal of Neural Engineering." The development is giving those who have lost arms hope of restoring function.

"This technology goes beyond available prostheses," according to Dr. Nathan Crone.

In building the arm, researchers used electrodes to measure brain activity and then used their findings to program a prosthetic arm.

"We believe this is the first time a person using a mind-controlled prosthesis has immediately performed individual digit movements without extensive training," Crone said.

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