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#12 - Imaging's New Horizons

A Bionic Prosthetic Leg Controlled Subconsciously


This breakthrough mind-controlled technology developed by the Icelandic company, Össur, works by using sensors the size of a matchstick surgically implanted into specific remnant muscles in the limb stump.
The sensors instantaneously trigger the desired movement via a receiver located inside the prosthesis that picks up the impulses and transmits them wirelessly to the artificial limb’s built-in computer.
“This process occurs subconsciously, continuously and in real-time,” explains the company on its website. The innovative part of this system is that instead of consciously controlling the limb’s movements, the wearer sends an unconscious command to the prosthesis, which controls the movement.

About the Author

Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine and MedicalExpo e-magazine.

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