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The Modular Prosthetic Limb is the Stuff of Science Fiction

By: Meghan Young - Published: Oct 27, 2011 • References: mathworks and dvice
Cyborgs and bionic individuals may not be the stuff of science fiction anymore thanks to the recently developed Modular Prosthetic Limb. That is because the Modular Prosthetic Limb is controllable by the wearer's mind. Although there have been some incredible strides taken in prosthetic technology, this has to be one of the most exciting and impressive leaps to date.

More than a simple cosmetic replacement, the Modular Prosthetic Limb can accurately detect vibration, temperature, contact with objects and degree of pressure and boasts a 27-degree range of motion.

Funded by DARPA as part of its Revolutionizing Prosthetics program, the Modular Prosthetic Limb has been developed by scientists and researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.