Created by the power of thought, the exoskeleton of the hand

Swiss engineers from the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne created a working prototype of the exoskeleton of the hand that can be controlled by the power of thought. The developers were able to do without implanting the electrodes under the skin, placing them on a special rubber helmet.

Impulses of the brain are transmitted from the helmet to the metal “tendons”, which are fixed on the wrists and fingers of the wearer with the help of Velcro fasteners, thereby causing the patient’s hand to move.

The exoskeleton itself is easy to use, installed in a few minutes, and still has the function of controlling the movement of the eyes, which was provided for completely immobilized people. It has already been tested for survivors of stroke and spinal injury patients, now the developers want to improve its work in such a way that it helps people fulfill their daily tasks.

In the course of research conducted by developers in the process of testing the exoskeleton, it turned out that when the thought is controlled by the apparatus of one hand, the brain regions responsible for the movement of the second arm are activated in the patient. Scientists plan to use this feature to improve development management and to complicate its design.

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The power of the best Russian supercomputer will double

The capacity of the supercomputer of the Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov is to be doubled in the next month, said the rector of the Moscow State University Victor Sadovnichy at the meeting of the Integration Club under the chair of the Federation Council on the topic “The Eurasian vector – the future integration”, TASS writes.

This supercomputer is the most powerful in Russia, and after it doubles its performance, it will take the fifteenth place in the world ranking of the strongest computers.

“In a month, maybe less, the capacity of the supercomputer will be doubled at Moscow University. In a few weeks he will start working, “the rector said.

He noted that the most powerful supercomputer is now in China, and said that about 20 percent of all its resources he spends on the calculations given to the social and economic segment, while the remaining 80 are used for scientific calculations.

“We could do the same and make it open for use by ministries and the economy,” the rector of the Moscow State University said, and suggested that such an opportunity be discussed with the senators.

Sadovnichy urged Russian ministries to take the initiative in such matters, noting that in Russia there are all necessary specialists capable of developing the direction of supercomputers, thanks to which the country could become a leader in this field.

Supercomputer “Lomonosov” was installed in Moscow State University nine years ago. Now it contains 6,654 computing nodes, more than 94,000 processor cores, and its peak performance is 1.37 Pflop / s. The performance of the world’s most powerful Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight is 93 Pflope / s.

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