Vet makes use of advanced arm prosthesis

08/6/2013 | Air Force Times (free registration)

Air Force Master Sgt. Joseph Deslauriers has been testing a state-of-the-art anthropomorphic arm developed by a Johns Hopkins University research team that gives him better hand function using a wrist processor that interfaces with peripheral nerve control in his arm muscles. "[W]ith this, I can open my hand, I can rotate my wrists, I can grab something, and it's amazing to have something that you can manipulate with your residual limb and eventually with your brain," said Deslauriers, who is a triple amputee. The researchers have been working on using brain interfaces for prostheses and are also exploring how to incorporate a sense of touch.

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