Bionic Leg is Controlled by Brain Power

by Rachel Baker on September 26, 2013

With an $8-million grant from the Army, a team of scientists and surgeons have created a bionic leg that takes its marching orders from the wearer’s brain.

…a team of software and biomedical engineers, neuroscientists, surgeons and prosthetists has designed a prosthetic limb that can reproduce a full repertoire of ambulatory tricks by communicating seamlessly with Vawter’s brain.

A report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine describes how the team fit Vawter with a prosthetic leg that has learned — with the help of a computer and some electrodes — to read his intentions from a bundle of nerves that end above his missing knee.

http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-robotic-leg-20130926,0,7310017.story

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