Engineers develop a mind-controlled prosthetic arm dexterous enough to play piano
By Bjorn Carey and Michael Belfiore Posted 08.22.2007 at 2:00 am 3 Comments
More than 130 veterans of the Iraq war now face the daunting challenge of learning to live with a missing arm. To make that transition easier, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, has launched a $55-million project that pools the efforts of prosthetics experts nationwide to create a thought-controlled bionic arm that duplicates the functions of a natural limb. If all goes well, by 2009 the agency will petition the Food and Drug Administration to put the arm through clinical trials.