Robot Limbs
New York Times

This Double Amuptee Can Control Robot Arms With His Mind

May 20, 2015

Mind-controlled robotic limbs are old news — four years old, to be precise — but who cares? Each new demonstration of the technology seems to be as mind blowing as the last one.

The latest mind-blower comes compliments of the New York Times, which captured striking footage of double amputee Les Baugh testing out a pair of prosthetic arms. Engineers at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab unveiled the robotic arms last December, declaring Baugh the first person in history to control two mechanical limbs simultaneously.

“Maybe for once I’ll be able to put change in the pop machine and get pop out of it,” Baugh said at the time.

For further proof that mind-controlled limbs are the stuff of the present. See this bionic leg, this bionic arm and this exoskeleton — and good luck believing any of it.

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