Thought-Controlled Prosthetic Arm Can Work Wonders
Engineers at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory have developed a robotic arm
with 26 joints that can curl up to 45 pounds. What is even more amazing is the fact that it can be controlled with a person’s mind like a regular arm. Here is how it works. This arm is paired with a new surgical procedure called targeted sensory re-innervation (nerve endings are relocated to other parts of the body). The amputee’s nervous system is able to send signals to their prosthesis and also able to receive these signals. Ohio resident Melissa Loomis has experienced the benefits of this incredible innovation after losing her arm due to an infected raccoon bite. Her surgeon, Dr. Ajay Seth, used targeted sensory re-innervation to transfer the nerves in her hand to her upper arm. Now with a sensory arm sleeve over her new nerve endings, Loomis is able to receive touch and pressure signals from her new limb. Success stories like these are the future of prosthetics.
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