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Robot Arm Powered By Man’s Imagination

A novel system allows Erik G. Soto to control a robotic arm using the power of his imagination. (Photo credit: Spencer Kellis/Caltech)

Researchers at Caltech, the University of South Carolina and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center have developed a better a neural prosthetic system that offers smoother movement of a prosthetic limb than previous devices that controlled by the thoughts of the user. What makes this system …

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Making Legs that Can See

The small, computer controlled actuator adjusts the ankle using cables that work much like the break cables on a bike. (Photo credit: Michigan Technological University.)

Researchers at¬†Michigan Technological University are working on a vision system for prosthetic legs. The system uses an inexpensive camera to get a better sense of the terrain, and an actuator that¬†adjusts the ankle accordingly. “The camera can identify the profile of the ground, while the computer …

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Building a Better Robotic Leg by Considering Pressure

Dr. Robert Gregg stands next to a robotic leg that was designed by UTDesign students and is similar to the one reported in his research. Photo courtesy of University of Texas, Dallas.

Researchers have developed a new way of analyzing walking, with the hope of improving robotic legs. Usually, researchers look at time as the all-important variable when trying to develop models for robotic legs. But a team at the University of Texas, Dallas, decided to focus on …

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