We’re no strangers to amputees moving stuff with their minds — for that matter, a thought-controlled prosthetic isn’t really new to us, either — but the pneumatic arm you see here isn’t like other intelligent limbs. Unlike most mind-operated prosthesis, the Artificial Muscle-Operated (AMO) Arm doesn’t require invasive surgery, and according to its inventors, it costs a quarter of the price to make. Here’s how the thing works: the host human wears a headset that sends brain signals to a chip in the arm that then matches those signals to a database of related actions, triggering a series of pneumatic pumps and valves to move the limb. Thus, if the wearer thinks ‘up,’ the arm moves up. The AMO Arm’s creators, a pair of undergraduate biomed students, say that not only is their invention a steal to produce, but it also takes just minutes to acclimate to, which has us wondering, do you have to be missing an arm to get a hold of one of these things? You know, we can always use an extra hand. Full PR after the break.
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