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Mind Controlled Robots Exist!

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Mind Robots

Swiss scientists have just demonstrated robots… controlled with their minds!

We're not sure, but we really hope they don't work for a company named Skynet!

Ha!

In all actuality, this is a step forward into more of an Avatar future than a Terminator one — it's being designed for those who are paralyzed!

A team at Switzerland's Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne used only a simple head cap to record the brain signals of their subject who was at a hospital SIXTY TWO MILES AWAY!

All he had to do was imagine lifting his paralyzed fingers and boom — the thoughts were instantly translated to a foot tall robot hanging out at the lab.

Apparently it's only hard to control if there's a substantial amount of pain from whatever injuries the subject has!

INcredible! We can't believe it!

Welcome to the future!

[Image via CBS News.]

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Incredible Dance Routine On Crutches!

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Now THIS is how you rise above the hand that you've been dealt!

You have to watch this video, and see Dergin Tokmak give one hell of a dance routine even though he's been left partially paralyzed from the waist down.

He's 37, a former breakdancer and Cirque du Soleil performer — and suffered from polio as a child.

Nothing can slow this man's passion, such an inspirational clip.

Press play and check it out above!

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Video Footage Documents Man Surviving Skydiving Accident

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OMG!

Words can not express how terribly we feel for this skydiver who unknowingly filmed the accident which started his life as a quadriplegic.

During a routine jump amongst experienced friends, the man filming (identified as Tim in the footage) collides with a friend at 2,500 feet in the sky and tangles his parachute.

Unable to properly maneuver the mangled "ball of nylon", Tim plummets to the ground and breaks his pelvis, back and neck as he lands in a cornfield.

He not only details his traumatic experience on his YouTube page, but shares it took him four-and-a-half years to watch the harrowing footage, writing:

"As I lay waiting for help, spinal shock begins to set in paralyzing my diaphragm and breathing on my own becomes impossible. Rescue breathing is performed as I lose consciousness. Paramedics arrive and I'm med-flighted to UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin where I awake days later after surgery and begin life as a quadriplegic. It's taken me four and a half years to be able to watch this video."

The actual impact is (thankfully) cut from the video, but what remains is an inspirational display of courage.

His friends come to his aid and Tim (even after suffering life-threatening injuries) calmly instructs them how to properly care for him to ensure his survival until paramedics arrive.

Watch the jaw-dropping video above to see a man bravely face the reality of his awful situation as he fights for his life.

Tim, if you're reading this, you are our hero!

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Quadriplegic Man Controls Robotic Arm With His Mind

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This story gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase, "mind over matter", as well as new hope to the disabled population all over the world!

Tim Hemmes became the first man EVER to control a robotic arm with his mind this month, years after a nearly fatal motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

In a 30-day clinical trial of a program called "Revolutionizing Prosthetics", Tim had electrodes inserted into his brain that allowed him to control a robotic arm.

It wasn't an easy process, but by the end of it, he was able to give the scientists responsible for this breakthrough a high-five and even hold his girlfriends hand for the first time since since his accident.

"It wasn't my arm. It was something hydraulic and plastic and metal, but I put it there," he says of the triumph. "It was something very personal and something that I'll take with me for the rest of my life, ’cause I just reached out and grabbed somebody after seven years."

So touching! Check out the video above to hear the rest of Tim's inspiring story and to catch a glimpse of what the future may hold for all spinal chord patients!

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So Inspiring!! Paralyzed Man To Climb Pikes Peak In Wheelchair!

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Pikes Peak Wheel Chair Glen House

We are so inspired by this that we don't even know where to begin!!

How about the bottom: The bottom of the trail at Pikes Peak is 13 miles from the 14,110-foot summit.

That route is about to get dominated by a wheelchair, as that mountain has NOTHING on Glen House!!

House, 42, was paralyzed from the waist down in a skiing accident while in college. He has enough use of his arms and hands to push the wheels of his chair, even up a steep incline like the Pikes Peak Highway. In addition to the physical demands of ascending about 7,000 feet into thin air, House will have to contend with traffic on the twisting roadway, which lacks guardrails.

Wow!

Here's what Glen has to say about it:

"I can't tie my shoes or button my shirt. It's a lot of work, but it's unbelievably exciting. It gets real steep. If somebody hadn't been there, I would have gone right off the edge."

How absolutely incredible!

Good luck, Glen! We're rooting for you!

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Bionic Legs Becoming Reality!

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OMG! This is so freakin' cool!

Thanks to amazing technology, paralyzed people may soon be able to walk with the help of an electronic exoskeleton.

Check out the video above to not only see a paralyzed woman walk for the first time in 18 years, but how close we are to an actual bionic man or woman!

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Clarence Clemons Is Showing Signs Of Improvement!

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Thank goodness!

Although Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons was reported to be in serious condition after suffering a stroke over the weekend in Florida, a source close to the Big Man has revealed that he is showing signs of improvement!

Apparently, he was initially paralyzed on his left side, but has already begun squeezing with his left hand!

AMAZING!

The insider reveals:

"His vital signs are improving. He's responsive. This is the best news we've heard since [the stroke] happened — it's nothing short of miraculous. The next five days will still be critical. But he's a fighter."

Indeed, he must be! This is wonderful news!

Phew!

Keep on fighting, Clarence!

We're all rooting for your recovery!

Stay strong!

[Image via WENN.]

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