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College Park scientists developing movement technology

Scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park say they are making progress in developing a non-invasive, sensor-lined cap with neural interface software that could be used to control computers, robotic prosthetic limbs, motorized wheelchairs and even digital avatars.

“We are on track to develop, test and make available to the public — within the next few years — a safe, reliable, noninvasive brain-computer interface that can bring life-changing technology to millions of people whose ability to move has been diminished due to paralysis, stroke or other injury or illness,” said team leader Jose “Pepe” L. Contreras-Vidal, a professor of kinesiology at the university’s School of Public Health.