Nearly eight years in the making
While the RIC developed the algorithms and conducted the research on the world's first thought-controlled bionic limb, the actual hardware studied by the team and used by volunteer Zac Vawter was designed by Vanderbilt University over the course of seven and a half years.
Once the RIC received $8 million in funding from the US army -- an effort to bolster artificial limb development to improve the lives of injured veterans -- they were able to begin testing on Vawter and refining the software and hardware of the bionic limb. The team expects to see the device in home trials in the next three to five years.
October 12, 2013 6:55 PM PDT
Photo by: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
| Caption by: Nick Statt
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