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Mind-Controlled Prosthetics

This Prosthetic Arm Attaches Directly to Patients' Skeletons

— October 15, 2014 — Lifestyle
Researchers at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology have successfully tested a prosthetic arm that uses a special thought-controlled system. The limb has been implanted onto a Swedish man and has allowed him to lead a fairly normal life despite his working in a physically demanding occupation as a truck driver. Thanks to his artificial limb, he is able to do everything from tying his shoelaces to connecting his trailer to his truck.

The prosthetic arm is attached directly to the skeleton for increased stability. The patient's nerves and muscles are then connected to the machine's control system using neuromuscular electrodes, creating a union between the prosthetic and the person.

The technology will be distributed to more amputees later this year, and could represent a game-changer in the world of prosthetics.

Trend Themes
1. Mind-controlled Prosthetics - The development of prosthetics that can be controlled by the user's thoughts presents opportunities for more seamless integration and enhanced functionality.
2. Direct Skeletal Attachment - Attaching prosthetic limbs directly to the skeleton provides increased stability and natural movement, opening doors for improved mobility and functionality.
3. Neuromuscular Electrodes - The use of neuromuscular electrodes to connect nerves and muscles to prosthetic control systems enables a more intuitive and responsive user experience, offering potential for greater dexterity and precision.
Industry Implications
1. Medical Devices - The advancement in mind-controlled prosthetics offers disruptive innovation opportunities for the medical devices industry, revolutionizing the field of prosthetic limb technology.
2. Rehabilitation Services - The integration of mind-controlled prosthetics into rehabilitation services can significantly enhance the recovery and quality of life for individuals with limb loss, paving the way for new approaches in rehabilitation therapy.
3. Transportation and Logistics - Adoption of mind-controlled prosthetics by professionals in physically demanding occupations, such as truck drivers, could revolutionize the transportation and logistics industry by enabling individuals with amputations to perform critical tasks with increased ease and efficiency.
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