Ben Cantrick (mackys) wrote,
Ben Cantrick
mackys

[ISTGINMTSU] [MeFi] I, for one, welcome our plastic-limbed bionic conquerors.


Jesse Sullivan is the first man to recieve a ground breaking new bionic arm that is controlled by his mind and a 64-bit microprocessor. His new arm, that even allows him to "feel" objects, is the result of a radical surgical process called nerve-transfer surgery that took nerves going to his arms and rerouted them to his chest.

http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/45126

NECAL uses nerve-muscle grafts in amputees to gain added control signals for an artificial arm. Doctors take nerves that used to go to the arm and move those nerves onto chest muscles. The nerves grow into the chest muscles, so when the patient thinks "close hand," a portion of his chest muscle contracts and electrodes that detect this muscle activity tell the computerized arm when to close the hand. Thus, the patient thinks "close hand" and his artificial hand closes.

http://www.ric.org/bionic/

Some movies:

http://i.timeinc.net/popsci/video/RobotArm_1.mpg
http://i.timeinc.net/popsci/video/RobotArm_2.mpg
http://i.timeinc.net/popsci/video/RobotArm_3.mpg
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