These Prosthetic Arms Are Controlled By Amputees' Minds

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Dec 29, 2014
References: jhuapl.edu & gizmag
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have successfully tested a pair of shoulder-attached mind-controlled prosthetic arms. The prosthetic system can be learned quickly, and could have the potential to significantly improve the lives of shoulder-level amputees. This technology could practically change the lives of people like test subject Leslie Baugh, who lost both arms in an electrical accident decades ago.

Before being able to use the mind-controlled prosthetic arms, Baugh was made to undergo a special treated to reassign nerves that once controlled his arms. Pattern recognition software was then used to isolate individual muscles and study the communication between them. The information was then translated into prosthetic movements.

Once fitted, Baugh was able to carry out complex tasks and was even able to control a combination of motions across both arms, a revolutionary development in the field of mind-controlled prosthetics.