Combat & Casualty Care

Q4 2016

Military Magazines in the United States and Canada, Covering Combat and Casualty Care, first responders, rescue and medical products programs and news\Tactical Defense Media

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DARPA DOTS Combat & Casualty Care provides readers with a look at a ground-breaking research program at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for enabling interactive brain to prosthetic arm sensory connectivity for achieving movement in cases of limb paralysis or amputation. By DARPA Outreach Public Affairs A U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)- funded research team has demonstrated for the first time in a human, a technology that allows an individual to experience the sensation of touch directly in the brain through a neural interface system connected to a robotic arm. By enabling two-way communication between brain and machine—outgoing signals for movement and inbound signals for sensation—the technology could ultimately support new ways for people to engage with each other and with the world. The work was supported by DARPA's Revolutionizing Prosthetics program, and performed by the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The results were detailed in a study published online in the journal, Science Translational Medicine and the technology was among a number of advanced demonstrations presented to President Barack Obama at a White House innovation event in Pittsburgh. "DARPA has previously demonstrated direct neural control of a robotic arm, and now we've completed the circuit, sending information from a robotic arm back to the brain," said Justin Sanchez, Director SENSE OF TOUCH A RESTORING DARPA 18 | Combat & Casualty Care | Winter 2016/2017

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