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The UW's Yoky Matsuoka is leading the quest for robotics that take orders from the brain

In her lab at the University of Washington, Yoky Matsuoka comes face-to-face with the neurobotic hand she is developing. Matsuoka won a MacArthur Foundation "genius award" in part because of her work trying to connect robotic hardware to brain signals as a way to help people with disabilities live fuller lives.