The Bionic Man

Posted: 05/21/2015 in personal

For people who have lost limbs, prosthetics like this can offer an unparalleled way to regain body function. According to Mike McLoughlin, the program’s chief engineer of research and exploratory development, people may even begin to feel sensations in the prosthetic as their nerves re-map.

Unfortunately, prosthetics like this are so expensive—around $500,000—that this level of sophistication will probably be out of reach for a long time. McLoughlin compared the limb that Bough tests to a Maserati, but said that most people will get a Toyota. “Ultimately for commercializing it, it needs to be a lower cost design,” he told the Times.

For now, watching Baugh move his man-made limbs offers a glimpse of what is possible.

Image via Johns Hopkins

For people who have lost limbs, prosthetics like this can offer an unparalleled way to regain body function. According to Mike McLoughlin, the program’s chief engineer of research and exploratory development, people may even begin to feel sensations in the prosthetic as their nerves re-map.

Unfortunately, prosthetics like this are so expensive—around $500,000—that this level of sophistication will probably be out of reach for a long time. McLoughlin compared the limb that Bough tests to a Maserati, but said that most people will get a Toyota. “Ultimately for commercializing it, it needs to be a lower cost design,” he told the Times.

For now, watching Baugh move his man-made limbs offers a glimpse of what is possible.

Image via Johns Hopkins

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