Why Are We Giving Monkeys Mind-Controlled Exoskeletons?

12.16.10 7 years ago

Researchers at the University of Chicago, who have obviously never seen a single horror movie in their entire lives, have hooked up some monkeys to exoskeletons. We’re doomed! Doooooooomed! Oh, wait, they don’t have missile launchers? Never mind then.

These robomonkeys were put together to create brain-controlled exoskeletons for people with nerve damage, spinal damage, and other fun injuries. They’re designed to be completely thought-controlled, just like the limbs they’re encasing, and can even offer sensory feedback (i.e. touch).

So, yeah, this is awesome. Until they install those missile launchers.

[ via the robomonkeys at io9 ]

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