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Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves 72

New submitter kalman5 writes "Dennis Aabo Sørensen is the first amputee in the world to feel sensory rich information — in real-time — with a prosthetic hand wired to nerves in his upper arm. Sørensen could grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching while blindfolded. The surgical team 'attached electrodes from a robotic hand to a 36-year-old volunteer's median and ulnar nerves. Those nerves carry sensations that correspond with the volunteer's index finger and thumb, and with his pinky finger and the edge of his hand, respectively. The volunteer controlled the prosthetic with small muscle movements detected by sEMG, a method that dates to the 1970s and measures electrical signals through the skin—unlike the electrodes attached to his nerves, sEMG is not invasive.' The results? 'The volunteer was able to complete the requested tasks with his prosthetic thumb and index finger 67 percent of the time the first day and 93 percent of the time by the seventh day of the experiment, Micera and colleagues report. He found the pinky finger harder to control: he was only able to accomplish the requested grip 83 percent of the time by the end of the experiment.'"

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Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves

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  • by dmomo ( 256005 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:47PM (#46167435)

    As I offer to give my left foot to keep Slashdot Beta away.

    • The Beta motto is ``News for Nerds''. Looks as if they're admitting that the changes don't matter.
      • by buswolley ( 591500 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:51PM (#46168133) Journal
        Just submitted a story to the Firehose: Once Slashdot beta has been foisted on me, what site should I use? Why don't you take a drink and plus it. []

      • Yes, yes I have.

        A crafty ploy, removing the long-flying nerd banner from the /. Classic site, only to herald the much maligned Beta site with our former Standard.

        Beta, for the REAL nerds.

        The only logical explanation is the Beta dev is sleeping with management.

        P.S.: The Vader-like robotic hand is sweet!

      • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

        The Beta motto is ``News for Nerds''.

        I guess the definition of "nerd" changed, you can't use any HTML in that gawdoffal clusterfuck. They HAVE to have some underhanded reason to want to kill slashdot, because once they remove classic this place will be empty and the cleanmypc guy and the goatse guy and APK and ethanol-fueled will be all that's left.

        So, if nerds don't code or do science or engineering or repurposing stuff, what are we called now? And is it a pejorative, like "nerd" was when I was in high sch

        • I'll miss slashdot.

          Yup, me too. It kinda felt like it was about to jump the shark even before Dice took over, but after that point the writing was on the wall in great big letters and it was clearly only a matter of time. Fonzie is lining up for the jump right now, and as soon as Classic is no longer available I'm so outta here.

          I tried posting this comment on Beta, and I couldn't even preview it, much less post it, so I'm back on Classic; this interface is SO much better. But even before I found out that Beta SIMPLY DOESN'T

          • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

            Some folks are working on a new slashdot []. It looks like they're using wikipedia code right now, the page says they're converting to slashcode. No content there yet. I opened an account this morning.

    • Remember kids, newer is ALWAYS better. If you are old, you should kill yourself now.

      Now that's sarcasm!

    • by Gr8Apes ( 679165 )
      and I'm picturing the "ch ch ch ch ch" sounds from a 70s series.....
    • I remember the last time the layout was changed, and there was the usual round of "oh I hate this." Other than hoping they decide to show member numbers (those of us in the first 999,999 want our cred), I like the new layout, and think it will grow on people over time, just like the current one did.

      Still, great comment :)
  • by bazmail ( 764941 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:48PM (#46167443)
    You can download sensory information to be replayed to your sensory nervous system. I for one will welcome that, and the inevitable uses the porn industry come up with.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:48PM (#46167453)

    Day 1: It wouldn't stop, the redirecting. At first I thought it was malware. Had my first drink in a long time.

    Day 2: Barely had the strength to carry on as the BETA REDIRECTIONS continue.. trying not to talk to hallucinations at the bar and in the bathroom which laugh at me about these redirections.

    Day 3: Discovered the BETA redirections were random, and while at first they looked somewhat usable, when I looked at me and my monitor screen in the mirror, a horrible woman with flesh hanging off of her body looked back, trying to lead me into a dance as the word BETA appeared across her rancid breasts.

    Day 4: These BETA corridors go on FOREVER! On the plus side, I've taken up disassembling vehicles to corner this BETA beast and sacrifice myself rather than lead others to discovering it. I ate some red snow.

    Day 5: Finding it harder to concentrate. I've ate some more of the red snow. The taste is starting to grow on me.

    Day 6: This typewriter is the only entertainment I have, apart from throwing things at the walls, trying to get some response from the BETA which is now taking over my mind.

    Day 7: Hahahahahha! Would you believe it? I'M STILL BEING REDIRECTED TO SLASHDOT BETA PAGES! AHAHhahahaah! Type, type, ding, ding! Wooo!

    Day 8: The hallucinations are actually real! Would you believe it? They have offered to help me if I agree to work for them. I'm thinking about patenting this delicious red snow, the taste is unreal!

    Day 9: Having black out sessions where I cannot remember large passings of time. Found some makeup, thought I'd paint a joker smile on my face to amuse the people only I can see!

    Day 10: Productive today, part of what I wrote for my new screenplay:

    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
    I cannot opt out of Slas

    (drops of blood on paper)

  • by chebucto ( 992517 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:49PM (#46167459) Homepage

    If they follow through on their threats that might be it.

    Who knows, maybe a mass exodus to Kuro5hin will revive that old refuge just as Slashdot dies.

  • Boycott (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:51PM (#46167495)

    I propose that we boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta.
    Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
    Commentors - only discuss Beta
    Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

  • by tysonedwards ( 969693 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:55PM (#46167533)
    As someone who has gone through physical therapy on my arm, the thought of very good immediate fine motor control and reliable control within a week of training is incredible. I remember spending weeks trying to reliably touch the tips of my thumb and pinky together. Even now, I have difficulty with my ring and middle fingers doing what they are supposed to unless I have them in the corner of my eye.
    • Ignore the AC that posted to you. What an ass.

      Anyway, I just simply came to say what a shame it is that the beta site conversations have completely taken over Slashdot. Although I fully support the beta site conversation take over, it has ruined a potentially interesting good conversation about this story. I have a very good friend who was paralyzed less than two years ago and I've worked with people with disabilities. Although I have no physical disabilities of my own, I am very much aware of how diffi

  • Thanks Beta (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:57PM (#46167561)

    I've been wasting time here for a little more than a decade now. Won't have to anymore.

  • They give this eye the gift of feeling in a long-gone arm, only to take it away a week later. Thanks for helping us, but get the hell out of here now!
    • Yeah, they should have just designed and implanted the permanent gizmo straight away without any of this silly experimentation, and testing, and caution.

      That sarcastically said, I'd hope this guy's at the top of the list for the final product.

    • by Tynin ( 634655 )
      That struck me as harsh as well, but sometimes life isn't fair. Not everyone gets to bring home the projects they work on.
  • Hate the new beta (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:11PM (#46167721)

    Why is the feedback for the new beta by email? Previously when the last attempt was made to force everyone onto the new beta they at least provided a simple form for feedback. Now it is a plain email for feedback. Obviously nobody is going to read such emails and digest the feedback. They certainly wouldn't be able to easily collate the results and deduce that most people hate the beta, so I suppose that is why the feedback is effectively /dev/null. Perhaps they want to harvest the email addresses of site visitors who rarely bother to login?

  • ...two wangers

  • Beta Blows (Score:5, Insightful)

    by RendonWI ( 958388 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:18PM (#46167801)
    Really, this beta thing... dice you ruined the mobile site, and now you are going to go through with ruining the main site? Fuck beta.
  • by Dutchmaan ( 442553 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:32PM (#46167943) Homepage
    Doctors found that male patients, if left alone in their bathrooms, achieved 100% efficiency in under an hour.
  • fuckbeta (Score:2, Informative)

    by zenlessyank ( 748553 )

God helps them that themselves. -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"