For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities.
The research is in Science Translational Medicine. (full access paywall)
Research: “An osseointegrated human-machine gateway for long-term sensory feedback and motor control of artificial limbs” by Max Ortiz-Catalan, Bo Håkansson and Rickard Brånemark Science Translational Medicine. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3008933
Image: The patient is also one of the first in the world to take part in an effort to achieve long-term sensation via the prosthesis. Because the implant is a bidirectional interface, it can also be used to send signals in the opposite direction – from the prosthetic arm to the brain. This is the researchers’ next step, to clinically implement their findings on sensory feedback. Credit Integrum.