Bionic Man Nearly a Reality: Double Amputee Gets Outfitted with Mind-Controlled Robotic Arms

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  1. dgstorm

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    The idea of having cybernetic limbs sounds exciting when you watch TV shows like the Bionic Man or play video games like Deus Ex, but the reality is that there are thousands of people in the real world who have lost their limbs and struggle with some of the basic life functions that we take for granted. The real promise of mind-controlled artificial limbs is the ability of technology to offer people in this situation improved lives.

    Our newest off topic news story for today reveals just how far along we have come with this technology. the above video is the "first bilateral shoulder-level amputee" to wear two MPLs at the same time. MPL stands for Modular Prosthetic Limbs, and what distinguishes this from other situations is that these MPLs are only controlled by his mind using wireless technology.

    The man in the video with the cyber-limbs is Les Baugh, who lost his arms over 40 years ago. His technology was different than previous attempts. Instead of using implants, Baugh underwent a a procedure called targeted muscle reinnervation. This procedure reassigned the nerves that once controlled his arms and hands. The next step was that the researchers recorded the patterns his brain makes for each muscle movement. They were actually able to help him adapt and test these movements with virtual limbs on a nearby computer. This helped him "train" for the real thing once they fitted the physical limbs.

    One of the researchers had this to say,
    It's amazing just how far we have come in a short time. It seems like every time you turn around, some new tech is created that mimics ideas seen in science fiction.
     
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    I am dumbfounded. The future is now ladies and gentlemen.
     
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    It's really incredible how fast the field of neural prosthetics is moving. I've joked a dozen times that "cell phones will be implanted in our heads soon" and it's looking less crazy on a daily basis.

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    This is amazing and will make a world of a difference in this man's life.
     
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    I'd root these, and then flash with a Super Strength ROM! :D
     
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    Wait, dammit, I already picked a WINNER for this thread. ARGH. There can only be one!

    EDIT: I stand corrected -- there can be TWO!!!!!!!!!

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