For the majority of the twentieth century, a prosthetic limb consisted of fairly unsophisticated materials and mechanisms that allowed amputees to regain lost abilities. It’s not hard to see that they were far from what they are today.
According to industry professionals, medical prosthetics production has seen more technological advancements in the last seventy years than the entire automotive industry. It’s an exciting time for engineers, medical professionals, and individuals seeking to gain more abilities after the loss of a limb.
“There’s a lot of really exciting things that we can do with this technology and it all revolves around really developing robotic capabilities that really can do some of the things we as humans are able to do. Then we use it as a way of extending our own capabilities.”
Thanks to advances in microprocessing, sensors, and other electronics, it’s now possible to make prosthetics that function and feel close to a real limb. However, the technology to achieve such capabilities is still fairly expensive and therefore access is limited. That may soon change if advances continue at the rate they have and robotics become further integrated as medical solutions.