Scientists Create Mind Controlled Robotic Hand

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A group of European scientists claim they have developed an artificial hand that allows person to feel.

The scientists connected a robotic hand to 26-year-old Pierpaolo Petruzziello, a Brazilian resident who lost an arm in a car accident. He is able to feel sensations in his arm again using the robotic hand that is controlled by his thoughts.

Scientists say it was the first time an amputee has been able to make complex movements using his mind to control a biomechanical hand connected to his nervous system.

Petruzziello says using the robotic hand felt like his lost arm had grown back.

"It felt almost the same as a real hand," he told a press conference in Rome, where the breakthrough was announced. "It's a matter of mind, of concentration. "When you think of it as your hand and forearm, it all becomes easier."

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