Friday, July 23, 2010

Thought-Controlled Prosthetic Limb System to be Tested on Humans

KurzweilAI has published an article on the upcoming human-test phase of the Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL), a project to develop highly functional, neural-interfaced artificial arms which include sensory feedback.

"We've developed the enabling technologies to create upper-extremity prosthetics that are more natural in appearance and use, a truly revolutionary advancement in prosthetics", said APL's Michael McLoughlin, the program manager. "Now, in Phase 3, we are ready to test it with humans to demonstrate that the system can be operated with a patient's thoughts and that it can provide that patient with sensory feedback, restoring the sensation of touch."

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