Brain Controlled Prosthetic Limbs have Arrived
Ok so this isn’t that new and was featured last year on Gizmodo when a man in the US received a pair of Modular Prosthetic Limbs (MPL) that had been under development at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). Now while these futuristic arms may look exceptional cool they do take a bit of getting used to. But after some serious training they allow a person who has lost their limbs unparalleled functionality that just wasn’t possible before.
The other beauty of the MLP is that it can be customized to work with many different limbs and bodies as it has over 100 sensors and 26 joints and they are all controlled with the power of your mind, not by using the force.
This sort of technology has allowed paralyzed man to finally drink a beer on his own without any assistance. Something he hasn’t been able to do for 13 years. However this specific set up, led by some cleaver folks at Caltec, required the man to have neural chips implanted in his brain. (ouch)
These sorts of prosthetic limbs aren’t just limited to replacing arms; they can replace legs as well. In a separate article this week a brain controlled bionic leg known as the Proprio Foot, allows Gudmundur Olafsson’s to walk normally and distributes his weight evenly even when doing activities such as climbing stairs which significantly reduces strain on his good leg and other muscle groups.