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Submission + - Prosthetic Arm Control Improved Using Spinal Nerve Signals

CanadianRealist writes: Current prosthetic arms are usually controlled by detecting signals from the user twitching muscles in the shoulder or arm. This allows only a limited number of possible movements, such as grasp and release. Researchers have developed a new technique that interprets signals from motor neurons in the spinal cord, allowing for a greater range of control of an arm. Signals from nerves associated with hand and arm movements were mapped to the corresponding movements. Test subjects were able to move a virtual prosthetic arm with greater freedom than has been achieved with muscle-controlled prosthetics. (A virtual prosthetic arm was used rather than a real one as this work is still in the early stages.)

Comment Re:wow, way to limit female opportunities (Score 1) 233

They are only setting limits for the event they are running. The reason is to avoid having women being required to dress in a certain manner in order to get paid. They are running the event, they can set the rules for the event.

If I showed up and set up a stand to sell popcorn and they said no, does that mean that they're denying people the right to earn a living?

If a man showed up wearing only a Tarzan loincloth and was told that was not appropriate would it be fair to say that now they're denying men the right to dress as they like?

Comment Re:TIL (Score 1) 309

Ok, so let's continue with that logic. If someone first jabs them with a pin then they will have no problem with someone stabbing them with a knife because they've been "inoculated" against stabbing.

Maybe they should use their "logic" to understand that one has been proven to be effective, the other has not.

Comment Re:Hyland's teething tablets (Score 1) 309

It's misleading to say that Hyland's won't recall their product - they quit selling in the US months ago

Do you have any idea what the word recall actually means? That they have stopped selling the product says absolutely nothing about whether or not they have issued a recall.

The only thing misleading is your statement. I suspect you are either clueless or deliberately confusing the issue. Either way I would not trust any thing else that you say.

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 2) 1560

the first two-term President who was at war fior every day of his two terms

I know right! I just couldn't believe how he invaded both Iraq and Afghanistan on his first day in office! And all the excuses about WMDs that Obama made up for invading Iraq. That was a really impressive first day in office for Obama.

By the way, so far Trump has been at war for every day he's been in office too. So yeah, risks of wars sounds like a valid worry about Trump.

Comment Free fruit for kids (Score 1) 125

A local grocery store started putting out some specially marked bins of free fruit for kids to snack on while their parents are shopping. They had bananas and oranges. They were not large, but they were good quality, it's not like the store was giving away fruit that no one would buy. I have no idea how much they've given away.

Comment Re:Seems Impressive to me (Score 2) 179

But that's not a reasonable comparison to make. How many more years have those other companies had to set up those assembly lines? Maybe try comparing Tesla's production rate with another 13 year old car company. (Or compare Tesla's numbers to what those other companies did in their 13th year.) And don't forget that Tesla is making a new type (electric) of car. And before you say electric cars aren't new, how do those other companies' production numbers for electric cars compare to Tesla's numbers?

Comment Re:call insurance (Score 1) 492

I'm tempted to just reply: I'm not sure if there is such a thing as a slashdot user with user id "sinij"...

Click on the link I included, read what it says. If you don't like that, try searching for "attempted assault" and see what comes up. (If you actually exist. I'm not sure if you do exist~)

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 492

I never claimed that he did have a seizure, I pointed out that your argument was not a reasonable one, i.e. your lack of seizure is not proof that he did not have one.

Maybe you calling him a liar was not intended to be read as a conclusion of the the previous statement - but that's how I read it. And maybe you read my comment as me implying that he did in fact have a seizure, when I never said that. I merely said that by your logic, since I'm not epileptic I can say that you must be lying when you say you are.

Whether or not he is a "lying <your choice of offensive term here>" is irrelevant to the point I made. If you have some reference that would explain to me how all epileptic people respond exactly the same to every stimulus I'd be happy to read it.

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