Medicine is receiving inestimable technology support in every way. Where this improvement stands out is in the case of prostheses, where robotics has a more than special weight.
You can already make parts of the human body in a 3D printer, perfect for those who need a prosthesis of their body to measure, but the fact that someone can move the mechanisms of this by just thinking about it is a breakthrough. And finally, a group of researchers has managed to move a robotic arm with the mind.
New robotic prostheses controlled by just thinking
Those who need a prosthesis in some limb know that getting used to it is a matter of time and practice. Little by little the designs become more comfortable for those who wear them, but above all they are much more functional thanks to the mechanical systems that circulate inside them.
There are many projects that try to return the patient to the limb he lost, especially if it is an arm.
The most recent has to do with the use of robotics and mental impulses. It turns out that a research team at the University of Minnesota has managed to get a user to move a robotic arm with only the impulses of the brain.
This is a breakthrough, although unfortunately it has to improve a lot. The tests focused on the hand-eye association, consisting of marking on a panel the location of a bright spot.
It is true that the system is much more comfortable and easy to use, but the difficulty lies in the signal system it uses.
The user must have a bone conduction implant or BCI, which sends the user’s desire quickly and accurately to the prosthesis but it is a costly and difficult to use system, so workers should study other ways to implement it.
Other improvements in the world of implants
Moving a robotic prosthesis with the mind is a real find. It is precise and fast, but its installation is somewhat difficult.
While the researchers continue their work we are left with other advances of the most interesting in this field as the prosthesis that returns the touch to its owners or an electronic skin that allows to feel pain.
These are two major projects that will undoubtedly make those who use a prosthesis feel more completely the limb that once lost.