Friday, July 18, 2014

This Really Is Science Fiction Becoming True - Amazing Stuff.

This appeared a little while ago.

Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Wins FDA Nod

Published: May 9, 2014
By John Gever, Deputy Managing Editor, MedPage Today
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The FDA Friday approved marketing of the first powered prosthetic arm that the user can control with his or her thoughts.
Made by New Hampshire-based DEKA Integrated Solutions, the device detects and translates electromyographic activity in nearby muscles -- which the user can consciously control -- into signals that direct specific movements and actions in the prosthetic arm.
It's the same size and weight as a normal adult arm and is capable of 10 different powered movements, according to the FDA.
Approval was based primarily on a trial in 36 participants who were patients in the Veterans Affairs medical system.
"The study found that approximately 90% of study participants were able to perform activities with the DEKA Arm System that they were not able to perform with their current prosthesis, such as using keys and locks, preparing food, feeding oneself, using zippers, and brushing and combing hair," the FDA said.
Other data covered the device's ability to function in adverse environmental conditions and to survive impacts. The FDA also reviewed safety features to prevent unwanted movements.
The full article is here:
Somehow the Bionic Man seems to be coming closer and closer. Amazing stuff!

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