Thought controlled robotic prosthetic leg performs like a real limb
Spending your life with a missing limb is not that easy and technology these days is trying to rectify the situation with prosthetic limbs. In a strange turn of events for good, Todd Kuiken who lost a limb is now able to control his prosthetic leg with just his brain courtesy a modified robotic leg designed by Vanderbilt University team headed by Michael Goldfarb. All this was possible because of the unused nerves that remained preserved during amputation and all the advanced technology used in the development of the prosthetic leg. Stuffed with mechanical sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers this robotic leg is far better than the traditional prosthetic legs as it can make 98% correct intended movement. In a way almost close to real leg movement and things that aren’t possible with prosthetic legs like climbing stairs, running, turning abruptly etc.
According to Michael Goldfarb
There’s a lot you can do with physical sensors but at some point you really need to know the user’s intent – when they want to change from running, to walking, to stair climbing. These electrical signals give you an extra set of information to work on. This new generation of robotic legs are much more capable than anything that’s come before. They can pretty much do whatever the healthy limb can. do
This is huge leap in the field of bio-sciences and prosthetic legs as now robotic prosthetic legs can be developed with even more precision, never ever making an amputee feel that he/she is with some kind of disability. Watch this video of Todd Kuiken showing how this new kind of prosthetic leg performs in real life situations.