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Experts: Man controlled robotic hand with thoughts

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An Italian who lost his left forearm in a car crash was successfully linked to a robotic hand, allowing him to feel sensations in the artificial limb and control it with his thoughts, scientists said Wednesday.

During a one-month experiment conducted last year, 26-year-old Pierpaolo Petruzziello felt like his lost arm had grown back again, although he was only controlling a robotic hand that was not even attached to his body.

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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I am not surprised that he could quickly adapt to using the arm.  But I do not believe external wires will ever be practical.  They will ALWAYS get infected and need to be removed.  Bacteria love a new home.  Until they can bury electrodes beneath the skin that can communicate with devices across a barrier of skin, the lame will not walk artificially, nor will the amputated have mobile artificial limbs.

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