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Where Mind Meets Machine: A Robotic Hand that Can "Feel"

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  • Java Vino

    579 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA (map)

    33.769848 -84.352492

  • Order food and drink at the front counter when you arrive then head upstairs to the Wine Lounge.
  • - This event is a production of the Atlanta Science Tavern Meetup.
    - It is part of our Young Researchers Series.
    - Our Open Seating Policy will be in effect.
    - Seating will be on a first-come basis.
    - You'll be invited to place a box-dinner order online a few days before the event. Non-dinner food items, such as espresso drinks, wine, beer and pastries, can be ordered at the counter when you arrive.
    Where Mind Meets Machine: A Robotic Hand that Can "Feel"

    Brendan O'Flaherty, Graduate Student
    Neuroscience Graduate Program
    Emory University

    Photo credit: Patrizia Tocci

    Artificial limbs haven't improved much over the past century: the prosthetic limbs given to patients after hand loss are a long way from the real thing. However, recent advances in artificial limb technology have made prosthetic limbs much more versatile, intuitive and easy to use. Most excitingly, it's become possible to connect artificial limbs directly to the brain and the nerves, allowing the brain to directly move the artificial limb in the same way it controls a real hand.

    In an exciting new breakthrough, scientists took this idea even further and created a new type of mechanical hand that allows the user to "feel" objects by connecting sensors to the brain. This is the first artificial limb that provides the user sensory feedback, potentially allowing it to be used without looking or in the dark. With time, we may be able to give patients artificial limbs that work just as well as the real thing.

    About our speaker
    Brendan O'Flaherty is currently a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Emory University.  He is interested in how cells in the brain form circuits that play roles in complex phenomena like emotion, behavior, and cognition.


    Parking and Such
    Java Vino is located diagonally across the street from Manuel's Tavern. There is parking behind the building and on Williams Mill Road across the street. Manuel's reserves the use of their lots at all times, but parking there hasn't presented a problem for our guests so far.

    Enter the cafe on the street level and let them know that your order will count toward our minimum order requirement.

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  • Michelle

    Is anyone from the south side of ATL going? Looking to carpool

    April 8, 2014


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