Tuesday, May 3, 2011
And now for some more recent technological developments...
A bionic leg is currently in the process of being constructed to help those who have lost their limbs, Reuters reports.
The US Army is sponsoring a clinical trial which is developing the technology that allows a bionic leg to function. Ideally, the leg will be able to move in accordance with the patient's muscles and nerves after learning the individual's nerve signal patterns.
"We're really integrating the machine with the person,” says Levi Hargrove to Reuters. Hargrove, who is leading the research, is from the Rehabilitation Institute of the Center for Bionic Medicine in Chicago.
"The way most prosthetics work now is you have mechanical sensors. You have to push and interact with them," Hargrove added.
"With this, you measure the actual neural intent and have that tell the motor what to do."
The bionic leg will give leg amputees mobility and more freedom in their daily lives. Meanwhile, prosthetic arms have already been developed with similar technology.
In essence, artificial limbs are being created that function according to the owner's brainwaves and nerve impulses. Once this technology is put into use and improved upon, will we have a real-life Terminator scenario? Seems like something out of a dream.
Posted by Eknan at 4:42 PM