Sure, when it comes to new paradigms for the human body, a full-on hologram directed by an artificial brain is pretty flashy, but the thought-controlled prosthetic limb from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have the distinct advantage of actually existing.
The groundbreaking prosthetic, which can receive signals from the brain through either surface electrodes or a direct brain/computer interface depending on the nature of the user’s disability, was first demonstrated earlier this year by “a U.S. Army soldier who lost both legs and his left arm to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan!” (exclamation point mine)
APL researchers are chatting up entrepreneurs to see if they might want to commercially produce these bionic limbs. (Man, I wish I were an entrepreneur!) In the meantime, APL will be testing the brain/computer interface (the amputee soldier manipulated his prosthetic through surface electrodes) on five subjects with spinal cord injuries.
Now, how long do you think it will take before we use the brain/computer interface for really frivolous stuff?
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