The problem with prosthetics is a longstanding problem that researchers have been working on for many years. They are attempting to create a prosthetic that acts as if it is the original limb or body part. In recent years they have discovered a technology that has assisted many of those who are greatly in need of a prosthetic, such as an amputee or someone who is “locked in”. “Locked in” refers to a person who is technically confined in his own body and has no methods of communication with the world. Brain-computer interface (BCI) has opened up a whole new world of prosthetics. It has opened doors for those who have been “locked in”. BCI assists those with severe neural disorders. BCI links the brain to a machine, allowing for actions to be performed by circumventing the damaged or missing body parts. It captures the brain signals, interprets them, translates them and transfers them as control signals to the device being used. Using this technology, targeted-muscle reinnervation (TMR) has been designed to create a prosthetic for amputees as well. Altogether, it has been established that prosthetics controlled by the mind is possible.
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