Prosthetics: Single Finger Movement a Reality
A new advancement in the world of prosthetics has recently been made. Until now, the technology allowing amputees to control individual fingers of a prosthetic hand had not been developed. Researchers at John Hopkins University have engineered a new brain-machine interface (BMI) that allows users to do just that. The researchers hope that this technology will be able to drastically improve the quality of life of individuals that are either amputees or paralyzed. With more than 1600 troops suffering battlefield injuries that resulted in amputations since 2001, the need for advancing research and development of prosthetic technology is great. Advancements like this are not possible without the continued use of animal research.