Thought-controlled arms to be fitted to patients this Winter.
Researchers in Sweden are preparing for the first operations to attach mind-controlled artificial arms to patients this (Northern) Winter.
Current prostheses are only used by around 50% of arm amputees, as they are often uncomfortable and offer very limited functionality. The new technology will be anchored directly to the skeleton by a process known as osseointergation, which will mean the prosthetic arm will be more comfortable.
A titanium implant inside the arm stump will pick up brain signals reaching the nerves near the point of amputation, which will be processed and sent out to the arm to electronically control specific joints and actions.
“Our technology helps amputees to control an artificial limb, in much the same way as their own biological hand or arm, via the person’s own nerves and remaining muscles. This is a huge benefit for both the individual and to society,”
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