Robotic limbs used to be a thing of science fiction. Bionic superheroes with chrome suits and body armor, while supercool in comic books, aren’t practical for modern prosthetics.
Advancements in STEM fields – medical and robotics alike – have enabled the creation of a prosthesis that can move by thought. By implanting a brain-computer interface (BCI) into the brain, the brain and the prosthesis communicate, and the prosthesis is thereby controlled by a single signal, according to popularmechanics.com.
Researchers across the world are coming up with ideas on how to best incorporate sensory receptors into the mechanical limbs, so that amputees are able to feel all the same sensations they would have under normal circumstances.
For example, an artificial arm directly connected to the bone, nerves and muscles of a man functions more like a real arm, with range of motion and more precise control, according to aaas.org, the website for the American Association of the Advancement of Science.