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Robbie Gonzalez

Berkeley, CA
Senior Writer — WIRED Magazine

Senior Writer at @WIRED. Formerly io9+Gizmodo. Tucson native living in the East Bay. My spirit food is pizza. robbie_gonzalez[at]wired[dot]com.

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How ingenious? The system the researchers developed relies on something called "vibration-induced kinesthetic illusions." Essentially: Vibrating a tendon at a frequency between 70 and 115 Hz makes you feel like its associated joint is moving. Even if that joint does not exist.
I cannot overstate how cool this is. The researchers and patients I spoke with all described it as game-changing and ingenious, in the truest sense of each term.
Close your eyes and make a fist. Feel that? The way your fingers close, the conformation they take as they wrap shut? That sense—of position and movement—is called kinesthesia. Today, researchers announced they've restored it in people with amputations:
RT @jessicabennett: Since 1851, obituaries in @nytimes have been dominated by white men. Just 20% have been women. Today we introduce…
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