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February 25, 2008

DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009

at 5:15 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks

DARPA is working hard to advance prosthetics  technology, the result will be a limb that is easier to control and have improved run time compared to current devices.

"The four-year Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 program will create a neurally controlled artificial limb that will restore full motor and sensory capability to upper extremity amputee patients. This revolutionary prosthesis will be controlled, feel, look and perform like the native limb. At the end of the fouryear program, the resulting prosthesis will be ready for human clinical trials. The goal of this program is to produce a prosthetic that will be able to function as well as a normal human arm. Key to this is a prosthetic that has: sensors for the ability to sense the position of the arm and hand relative to other parts of the body, touch, temperature and vibration; power that will allow at least 24 hours of normal use; mechanical components that will provide strength and environmental tolerance (heat, cold, water, humidity, dust, etc.; and durability to last at least 10 years with normal use. The intent is that the amputee will be able to tolerate the prosthesis without any problems for 18 hours/day of use. This revolutionary mechanical arm will have the properties of a biological limb."

 


 

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One Response to “DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009”

  1. Almanacco Scientifico (Piero Angela mi fa un baffo) | Binario Unico Says:

    […] CYBERNETICAIl DARPA, il gruppo di ricerca del Ministero della Difesa americano (quelli che hanno inventato internet, per intenderci), ha sempre studiato molto le problematiche relative alle protesi di chi ha subito menomazioni fisiche, soprattutto per aiutare i propri soldati che subiscono mutilazioni durante azioni militari.Ora pare che siano pronti a lanciare nel 2009 un programma che in 4 anni dovrebbe portare alla creazione di un arto meccanico simile nel funzionamento a un arto umano, controllato attraverso un chip da applicare sulla corteccia cerebrale, in grado di ordinarne il movimento e persino di controllare la forza impressa.Il progetto si affianca al già avviato progetto “SyNAPSE” (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics) indirizzato a replicare elettronicamente i comportamenti del cervello umano.Speriamo che riescano nel loro intento, del resto il DARPA non è nuovo alla diffusione di tecnologie utili alla vita di tutti.Fonte | Hacked Gadgets […]

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