DARPA’s Prosthetics w/ Brain Control

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In the future, we will be able to control prosthetic limbs with our brain. In fact, the idea is not completely new. DARPA has announced two anthropomorphic advanced modular prototype prosthetic arm systems that offer increased range of motion, dexterity and control options. DARPA researchers have also managed to achieve brain control of an advanced arm system developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. A solution like this could make life a whole lot easier for victims of paralysis: 

The Revolutionizing Prosthetics program is ongoing and aims to continue increasing functionality of the DARPA arm systems so servicemembers with arm loss may one day have the option of choosing to return to duty. Additionally, the dexterous hand capabilities developed under the program have already been applied to small robotic systems used in manipulating unexploded ordnance, thus keeping soldiers out of situations that have led to limb loss.

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