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Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts To Control His Own Arm And Hand

A spinal injury severed the connection between Bill Kochevar's brain and everything below his shoulders. But technology has given him a new way to control one arm and hand.
Bill Kochevar received an implanted brain-recording and muscle-stimulating system that allowed him to move limbs he hadn't been able to move in eight years. Source: Cleveland FES Center

A paralyzed man has regained the use of his arm and hand using a system that decodes his thoughts and controls his muscles.

"I thought about moving my arm and I could move it," says Bill Kochevar, 56. "I ate a pretzel, I drank water," he says

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