Sidestepping brain implants may offer better control of prostheses

12/4/2013 | ScientificAmerican.com

Direct connections between the brain and a prosthetic device are still largely experimental and tend to be unreliable, according to this article. To overcome some of the problems inherent in brain-controlled prostheses, researchers are connecting nerve endings in the residual limb to the prosthesis. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, for example, has fitted electrodes in an artificial leg to pick up signals from peripheral nerve endings, and Case Western Reserve University uses sensors in a bionic hand to transmit tactile information through electrodes placed in the upper arm.

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