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50 years ago, artificial limbs weren’t nearly as responsive

Excerpt from the November 18, 1967 issue of Science News

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8:00am, November 16, 2017
prosthetic hand

LIFE AND LIMB  Prostheses have come a long way in 50 years. Some new artificial limbs can restore wearers’ sense of touch or be controlled by wearers’ thoughts.

Electric limbs

Very subtle control of artificial limbs by means of a tiny electronic device may become possible.… [The] electronic device … [is] designed to be injected into a muscle through a thick hypodermic needle. A tiny package strapped to the outside of the limb will beam radio waves at the device, which will return them, modified by the electric current produced in the muscle. — Science News, November 18, 1967

 

Update

Artificial limbs have become more sophisticated than in the past, and users’ control of today’s prostheses is more precise. In 2012, researchers announced that a paralyzed woman could

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