Nerve connection makes leg prosthesis feel lighter

One problem with leg prostheses is that they can feel too heavy. Connecting a prosthesis to the nervous system can change that, researchers say.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Jan. 12, 2021 ~4 min

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Watch a man eat cake with mind-controlled robot arms

Quadriplegic Robert Chmielewski fed himself dessert using two prosthetic arms he manipulated with his brain. "It's pretty cool," he says.

Paulette Campbell-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Jan. 4, 2021 ~5 min

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Long-term prosthetic use may not rewire the brain

Even after a year of wearing and using a prosthetic device, participants in a new study still had a mismatch between what they did and what they felt.

Alison Caldwell - U. Chicago • futurity
Dec. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Device gauges hand gestures from arm signals

A new device that can recognize hand gestures based on electrical signals in the forearm could one day control prosthetics.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Reversible ‘stitches’ give self-healing polymers new powers

New 3D-printable synthetic polymers have morphing powers and can self-heal within seconds. They could be useful for more realistic prosthetics.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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Space station motors take prosthetic legs to a new level

Motors first designed for the International Space Station can help people using prosthetic legs to walk with a more natural gait, researchers say.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

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AI lets robotic prosthetics ‘see’ uncertain terrain

AI will help people using robotic prosthetics or exoskeletons walk securely on terrains, such as tile, brick, concrete, grass, and "upstairs" and "downstairs."

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 28, 2020 ~6 min

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‘Noisy’ neurons put a limit on visual perception

New findings may solve a mystery about how brains manage to process information so accurately, even though neurons act with a degree of randomness.

Stanford • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~6 min

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Device may take brain-machine interfaces to the next level

A tiny, new brain-machine interface device lets scientists make movies of neuron activity. It could help make better prostheses.

Stanford • futurity
March 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Prosthetic offers real-time mind control of robotic hand

A new prosthetic allows amputees real-time, intuitive, finger-level control of a robotic hand. "It's like you have a hand again," one user says.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
March 4, 2020 ~7 min

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