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Thought-controlled prosthesis is changing the lives of amputees
November 28, 2012 – medicalxpress.com


Max Ortiz Catalan demonstrates how the system works with the aid of electrodes, which capture bio-electric signals from the surface of the arm. Amputees will, however, have the electrodes implanted directly on the nerves and muscles inside the body, which will be permanently accessible through the Brånemark osseointegrated implant (OPRA Implant System). Credit: Oscar Mattsson

The world’s first implantable robotic arm controlled by thoughts is being developed by Chalmers researcher Max Ortiz Catalan. The first operations on patients will take place this winter.

Prosthetic Arms Are Becoming Increasingly More Realistic
November 26, 2012 – By Zach Walton, WebProNews / Technology


Prosthetic limbs have come a long way over the years, but a lot of them still can’t replicate the precise motion that natural limbs perform on a daily basis. That’s quickly changing, however, as one company has already given Nigel Ackland, a 53-year-old who lost his arm six-years-ago, a prosthetic arm that functions just as well as any natural arm.

Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm
November 26, 2012 – By James Dao, The New York Times


Credit: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

SAN ANTONIO — After the explosion, Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos awoke to see the October sun glinting through the water, an image so lovely he thought he was dreaming. Then something caught his eye, yanking him back to grim awareness: an arm, bobbing near the surface, a black hair tie wrapped around its wrist.

UNB research contributes to world’s first thought-controlled prosthetic leg
November 22, 2012 – UNB Newsroom


It’s been years of research in the making and recently the groundbreaking bionic leg was put to the ultimate test when Zac Vawter climbed 103 flights of stairs to the top of Chicago’s Willis Tower—one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers.