Thought-controlled arm and hand makes 'The Bionic Man' a reality

The science fiction fantasy of Steve Austin, The Six Million Dollar Man, just took a huge leap toward reality thanks to the work of the researchers behind a new thought-controlled modular prosthetic limb.

This newly advanced prosthetic limb is the result of a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins University. The arm has the ability to accurately detect vibration, temperature, contact with objects and degree of pressure. It also has up to 27 degrees of freedom of moment, making it far more than a cosmetic addition.

But the biggest attribute of the arm is its ability to be controlled by thought, the one feature viewed as the last hurdle to truly functional mechanical replacement limbs. You can see the prototype in action in the video below.


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