Meet Les Baugh, a double amputee from Colorado who lost both his arms in an electrical accident nearly 40 years ago. He's now entered into the history books by becoming the first person to ever receive two shoulder-level prosthetic arms that he can control with his mind.
Borrowing from the same technology that allows modern bipedal robots to walk, researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas have developed powered prosthetics that allow amputees to walk on a moving treadmill almost as fast as an able-bodied person.
Late last year we told you about Zac Vawter, recipient of the first mind-controlled prosthetic leg. Now, after extensive testing and a series of important tweaks, the device is ready for actual clinical applications. Your cyborg future awaits.
It looks like the next generation of prosthetic limbs is upon us. Later this year, a patient living in Rome will receive an advanced prosthetic hand with sensory capacities. The hand will be wired directly to the man's nervous system with electrodes, allowing him to control its movement — and to receive touch signals…
Are we coming upon the era of bionic limbs? Another company has created a robotic hand that can be controlled by the wearer's thoughts and restores tactile sensation — and the subject claims it feels almost like a real hand.
Afraid upgrading your limbs will mean living with metal appendages, or falling into the uncanny valley of flesh-colored plastic? Fear not, one designer has a stylish new vision for prosthetics, one inspired by 1950s furniture and Steve McQueen.
Apparently the new i-limb system from Touch Bionics may need to be "scaled back" to be used by humans. The system is a robotic hand-arm combination for people missing all or part of their arms. One of its inventors admitted, "The i-Limb system is better than a human arm. It is faster and can lift heavier weights than…