Other scientists are working on mind-controlled prosthetics that would
translate these signals into basic actions, like grasping an object,
but Matsuoka wants all the coin-rolling-over-the-knuckles capabilities
of the real deal. Her eventual goal is to create a pop-it-on-and-go
prosthetic for humans—like the kind that Luke Skywalker receives at the
end of The Empire Strikes Back.
She points out that for the average amputee, the hand might be lost,
but the neural signals dispatched to control it are still flowing fine.
"Your brain could still do exactly the same thing it had been doing,"
she says, "but naturally control this new mechanical hand."—Gregory Mone