On Monday, Max Ortiz Catalan, a researcher at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, has announced an innovative mind-controlled prosthetic arm that mimics a lifelike sense of touch. This is what the future of prosthetics looks like and where prosthetic limbs will go. Max has created osseointegrated prosthetic arm with direct structural and functional connection between an artificial titanium implant and living bone, nerves and muscles! An electrode neural control system is connected to nerves, that provides the amputee with sensations and feelings that simulate a real hand’s sense of touch.
A robotic arm directly interfaced to bone
Thanks to the neuronal and muscle binding interfaces, the patient could control this robotic prosthetic arm with his mind through thinking about an action. His brain sends instructions through nerves that would communicate with mechanical limb. And the prosthetic arm does some action, such as to keep an egg without cracking it.
Max Ortiz Catalan expects that about 10 patients will receive this new mind-controlled prosthetic arm in 2016. He said:
“We aim to make technology that people can use in their daily activities, and we would like it to become a standard treatment for every amputation, thus prices would fall”.