The world of bionics has been making great leaps forward in the past few years to the delight of many. One of the biggest and most impactful advancements has directly benefitted those who have suffered through many years of life without the use of one or more of their limbs. Over the past few years, we have seen biotechnology advance to the point of testing inventions that would allow for paraplegic people to finally walk again which is an amazing feat for the human race.
Recently however, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have made huge advancements to a bionic prosthetics project that could be the jumping off point for all bionic prosthetics in the future. The project that the researchers are working on is a “suit” with robotic arms connected to it that are then connected to the nerves of the wearers body allowing for arm movement through thought only. In the video, we see Les Baugh who has been a double arm amputee for over 40 years.
Through the use of the robotic arms, Les has been given back the ability to do every day things that we take for granted such as simply drinking water out of a cup on his own. The advancements in bionic prosthetics to this degree will give hope back to so many people who have been disabled for far too long and the implications of this technology are endless. Within a few years people who have suffered a freak accident or soldiers wounded in war will be able to finally go back to living their lives with as much ease as everyone else thanks to the brilliant minds working on projects such as this. Who knows, a real life Darth Vader may not be too far off in the future!