Advanced Prosthetic Limbs Allow Users to Feel

DARPA’s Reliable Neural-Interface Technology (RE-NET) program has been researching brain and peripheral interfaces, which use nerve and muscle signals to control prosthetic limbs and provide users with a sense of touch. Though the current prosthetic arms do not look very life-like, the technology provides users with improved control and feeling in their limbs. While traditional prosthetic limbs operate solely on visual feedback, the new technology aims to utilize direct sensory feedback to facilitate movements. The above video shows a prototype developed by a team at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) which involves targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR).

(Source: DARPA)

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