DARPA Prosthetic Arm Reaches Final Prototype

DARPA Prosthetic Arm Reaches Final Prototype

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Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory had wanted a neurally-controlled bionic arm by 2009. That goal could not be met, but DARPA surely sees promise in this $34.5 million third and final prototype. Soon the nine pound kit (with 22 degrees of freedom and sensory feedback) will begin clinical trials.

It’s called the Modular Prosthetic Limb and will be grafted onto at least five live humans, the first by the end of the year. Using the targeted muscle reinnervation technique pioneered at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, patients will control these arms with their thoughts. Maybe occasionally pick you up by the neck.

[Engadget]