The World’s Most Advanced Bionic Arm

The U.S. military has been working on an ambitious prosthetics project to build a truly bionic arm for years now. The second prototype, controlled by thought and capable of providing sensory feedback, will be unveiled this week at the DarpaTech 2007 conference.

Jonathan Kuniholm’s right arm terminates in a carbon-fiber sleeve trailing cables connected to a PC. He has no right hand, unless you count the virtual one on a display in front of him. The CG hand, programmed to look like silvery stainless steel, moves through a sequence of motions: spherical grasp, cylindrical grasp, thumb to forefinger — all in response to signals from Kuniholm’s muscles picked up by electrodes in the sleeve.

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2 Responses to The World’s Most Advanced Bionic Arm

  1. Our school has a unit that specialises in bionic ear; bionic arm is new to me. Looking at the youtube video, it seems optimistic that one day, people who use this sort of arm will be able to play the piano!

  2. Our school has a unit that specialises in bionic ear; bionic arm is new to me. Looking at the youtube video, it seems optimistic that one day, people who use this sort of arm will be able to play the piano!

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