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Neurally-controlled Prosthetic Ankle Helps Correct Balance

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Most existing lower-limb prosthetic devices aren’t equipped to allow for mind-controlled balance or posture correction, increasing a prosthetic user’s chances of falling or making walking difficult. To solve this issue, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) funded researchers to work on a prosthetic ankle that can be controlled by a user’s residual muscles—and the electrical signals they generate.

Researchers are developing a neurally-controlled prosthetic ankle that helps users correct balance.

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MIT Developed Magnetic Beads That Could Better Control Prostheses

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Many prosthetic limb users would agree that one of the challenges they face is controlling their prosthetic device, so it moves the same way as a natural limb. Many upper limb prostheses are controlled using electromyography (EMG), which records electrical activity from the muscles. However, this approach allows only limited prosthetic limb control.

MIT researchers developed magnetic beads that could better control prosthetic limbs.

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Haptic Technology Could Upgrade Prosthetics

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The sense of touch plays a vital role in our daily lives. But most of us took it for granted until the pandemic happened. Suddenly we couldn’t hug our friends and family members. While the sense of touch is essential to our mental health to feel connected, it also gives us information about the things around us, thanks to the thousands of nerve fibers on our skin and millions of neurons in the brain.

Haptic technology could upgrade prosthetics.

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VA Engineers Create Prosthetic Hook Mouse

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As computers continue to be a staple in our daily lives, VA engineers created a prosthetic hook mouse for people with upper-limb amputations to make navigating a computer more manageable than before.

VA engineers invent a prosthetic hook computer mouse for upper-limb amputees.

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Amp Pants: Your Next Adaptive Jeans

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If you’re not satisfied with the current denim pants selection, you might want to check out Amp Pants. Founded by Erica Cole, the soon-to-be-launched amputee-friendly jeans line will feature reinforced fabric, inseam zippers, and other enhancements to accommodate the unique needs of prosthesis leg users.

Amp Pants might be your next pair of adaptive jeans.

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