Human Fiber Optics Could Give Senses to Artificial Limbs

DARPA, working with the Southern Methodist University Neurophotonics Research Center, is currently developing a system of wild new fiber optics that could give a sense of pressure and feeling to artificial limbs. » 9/19/10 7:00pm 9/19/10 7:00pm

Artificial Foot Recycles Energy With Every Step

Researchers at the University of Michigan have created a prosthesis that makes walking much easier on amputees than current options. The trick: an artificial foot that recycles the kinetic energy generated by walking. » 2/17/10 7:00pm 2/17/10 7:00pm

Neuropsychological Trick Makes Robotic Hands Feel Real to Amputees

It might sound like cruel or unusual punishment to fool an amputee into thinking their robotic hand has feeling, but the prospect is a promising shortcut to mapping artificial limbs to a patient's nerves. » 1/28/09 3:40pm 1/28/09 3:40pm

Monkey Brains Control Robo Legs...Through Internet

Researchers at Duke University have teamed up with the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kyoto to get a monkey's brain to control a pair of robot legs through the internet. By mapping the monkey's brain signals while walking (through electrode measurements), Duke researchers were able to… » 11/23/07 9:30am 11/23/07 9:30am

Rocket-Fuelled Bionic Arm not Just for Sportsmen

A team at Vanderbilt University has come up with a prototype of a prosthetic arm powered by a miniature rocket motor that is as close to a bionic arm as you are going to get. "Our design does not have superhuman strength or capability, but it is closer in terms of function and power to a human arm than any previous… » 8/21/07 7:35am 8/21/07 7:35am

Dean Kamen Cyborg Arm (Part II)

Not so long ago, we were all hot and bothered over Dean Kamen's new artificial arm » 5/20/07 11:35am 5/20/07 11:35am planned for veterans who had lost a limb. But at the time all of our information was gleaned from a crappy audience camera filming the event.