Double Amputee Practices Using Bionic, Mind-Controlled Arms

May 24, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
He may not be as flashy as Steve Austin from "The Six Million Dollar Man," but I'd say without hesitation that 59-year-old Les Baugh - an actual candidate and tester for bionic body parts - is even cooler. After losing his arms in an electrical accident as a teenager, Baugh learned how to live a normal life in spite of all odds. Now, working with researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, he is getting to test out the revolutionary next generation of prosthetic limbs.

These mind-controlled Modular Prosthetic Limbs (M.P.L.) have 26 movable joints, can curl up to 45 pounds and are fully modular, so they can be disassembled as needed (for instance, only the hand for someone who still has the rest of their arm). Unfortunately, as exciting as it is, this technology is still a few years from becoming readily available for mass distribution. Existing units cost nearly $500,000 (per arm), so more work needs to be done to make them more affordable.
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