Help for amputees with mind-controlled prosthetics

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Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 10:09 am

There are two million people with amputations in the U.S. For many of these patients, prosthetic devices offer greater mobility. Now, researchers are testing a new generation of prosthetics that are like nothing you’ve seen.

The prosthetics help amputees get around but have limitations.

Here's how it works, the brain signal travels down his spinal cord, through the nerves; electrodes in the prosthetic pick up signals from the muscles. So, the prosthetic device that actually works according to your thought.

Tand is not yet available for patient use.

Until now—only thought-controlled arms were available. Although the cost of the “bionic leg” hasn’t been determined, and the device is still being studied , researchers say a version could be available for consumer use within three to five years.

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