Brain Chip Restores Movement A chip implanted into the brain has restored hand control in a formerly paralyzed patient, says a new study in Nature. Muscles move from signals sent by the brain through our spinal column. Bypassing our spine to return movement is the golden ticket in paralysis work. Now, researchers from Ohio State University and the Battelle Memorial Institute in Ohio have done so: sending signals from the chip directly to muscles in the hands in real-time.
First VR Surgery Live Now The first cancer surgery livestreamed in virtual reality is still going on if you're just tuning in. The team at the Royal Hospital in London started operating at about 8:20 am EDT today. Surgeon Shafi Ahmed is removing a cancerous tumor from the colon of a 70-year-old patient from the Royal London NHS hospital. We have all the details on how to watch on our site.
Facebook Nabs Google Tech Guru Facebook has lured Regina Dugan away from Google where she ran the Advanced Technology and Projects Group—and also DARPA: where she was the director of the technology sandbox for the Department of Defense. (Yes, she's that good.) Zuckerberg made the announcement on his Facebook page, that she will lead its new group called Building 8, a hardware project involving artificial intelligence and VR.
Your Coat, a Computer As sensors get smaller, and more flexible, researchers are finding ways to fold them, embed them—and now sew them. Ohio State University scientists are working on ways to embroider the smallest of circuits and antennae into fabric, allowing clothes to "gather, store or transmit digital information," says the release. Some fitness brands, like Athos, are already offering ways to link health detail to their phones. But these use fairly large sensors. Circuits as thin as thread are the next step.
Hulu VR Is A Go Hulu's VR app turns your Gear VR headset into a personal TV. Hulu subscribers can tune into their shows—although 20 minutes in, they may need to give their smartphone a cooling break, according to GearBrain's review.