Brain Control and Sensing of Artificial Limbs
This chapter discusses the possibility of making an artificial limb that an amputee can control and feel as if it were his own. The technology is now available to make electrical connections to hundreds or thousands of neurons in the stump of an amputated limb. The extreme miniaturization that is now possible in combination with modern digital signal processing in radio communication and the advances in implantable technology over the last half century provide sufficient impetus for the development of such an advanced prosthesis. An approach using the concept of the Utah slanted bed of nails in conjunction with the subminiturization, high-speed low-power communications, and advanced biocompatible packaging technology developed at the Alfred Mann Foundation is described.
KeywordsSensory Neuron Electrode Array Primary Coil Capacitor Array Artificial Limb
The author wishes to thank the Alfred Mann Foundation for funding this study and providing information on their brazing, communication and implantable technologies.
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