How Technology Adds A Human Touch To Prosthetics

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.


3 thoughts on “How Technology Adds A Human Touch To Prosthetics

  1. Have you ever noticed how anything good is always expensive, why is that, the food we are supposed to eat is expensive the cars we are supposed to drive to stop pollution are expensive and now this. Something that people really need and we are charging (pardon the pun) an arm and a leg for them to get it. Great post thank you for sharing this.

  2. This is incredible technology. I don’t think it is a stretch to call this transcendence. You know, like the movie where humans fuse with technology. You can legitimately say that this guy is a real life cyborg. Bionics have truly made some incredible advances. It is unbelievable the kind of technology that they are developing. This is real life six million dollar man kind of stuff, especially those exoskeletons. They are on the verge of creating super soldiers. What is going under the radar are the advances with genetics.

  3. I believe that prosthetic components are only as effective as the fit of a socket interface. The socket is the most important part of the prosthesis, since it creates an interface between the residual limb and the prosthetic device. It’s plain to see from this video that everything from “i-limbs to artificial organs, advances in technology have led to an explosion of innovation in the increasingly critical field of prosthetics. But what about technology that could one day transform the brain into a semi-organic supercomputer? Or endow people with senses that perceive wavelengths of light, frequencies of sounds and even types of energy that are normally beyond our reach? Such people might no longer be described as strictly “human, regardless of whether such enhancements represent an improvement over the original model.

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