Three men with severe nerve damage have voluntarily had their hands amputated and replaced with prothetic versions that they're able to control with their minds.
The loss of a leg can stymie the pursuit of adventurous outdoor sports for many—but not if Brooklyn-based designer Kai Lin has anything to do with it
Human skin may very well be one of the world's most impressive sensor arrays. Able to detect temperature, pressure, touch and pain simultaneously, your skin's sensory receptors feed you a constant data stream about the environment around you. Now, researchers have given much of that sensing ability to plastic e-skin.
The first ever bionic hand that allows patients to feel again will be transplanted into a human this year, according to the researchers who have developed it.
A replacement limb that moves, feels and responds just like flesh and blood. It's the holy grail of prosthetics research. The Pentagon's invested millions to make it happen. But it's been elusive - until, quite possibly, now.
With prosthetic limbs designed to look like a human foot, wearing a shoe is no problem. But the unique shape of those carbon fiber prosthetic blades worn by athletes obviously can't accommodate a traditional shoe, so Nike invented a new one.
Using rapid prototyping techniques like 3D scanners and printers, Scott Summit's company brings self-esteem back to those who've suffered a limb loss with custom designed coverings that turn prosthetics into stunning pieces of art.
Some may see despair when they look upon a double amputee in a wheelchair, but Spanish surgeon Pedro Cavadas saw an opportunity.
I'd rather have a hook if I lost my hand in some sort of freak accident, but realize that's not exactly conducive to typing. Rather than chucking in the tech-blogging for piracy, Mark Stark's prosthetic hand is a worthy alternative.
Next time you pick a fight with an elderly gentleman, check to see whether he's upgraded his lower-leg to one of Ossur's Power Knees. Yes, the world's first motor-driven knee has now gone on sale.
There's been all sorts of hype about Dean Kamen's revolutionary prosthetic, robotic hand. But let me ask you a question, Dean: is your hand made of Legos? No? Well, thanks but no thanks, then. [NowhereElse via CrunchGear]
Nancy Dickenson and her stepdaughter Martha found a calf with severe frostbite on its hind legs. So of course, they spent thousands of dollars getting it outfitted with prosthetic legs.
Motola, like so many who must share their lives with former war zones and forgotten minefields, lost a limb in 1999. Thankfully, she walked again today courtesy modern medicine and an artificial limb. The thing is, she's an elephant.
After displaying her collection of prosthetic legs at this year's TED conference, bionic actress, athlete and model Aimee Mullins recently announced that she will speak at the TEDMED convention this fall.
In 2005, Ellie May Challis lost all of her limbs to meningitis. In 2009, she's become the youngest person ever fitted with carbon fiber legs.
Otto Bock Healthcare may sound like a boring medical company, but they have just announced an update to their C-Leg, a microprocessor-controlled hydraulic limb, complete with wireless remote control, making it quite possibly the most badass, military-grade prosthetic limb on the planet.