As a teenager, Les Baugh ran into a set of power lines. The electricity “just evaporated" him, leaving him without arms.
They told him he would not walk. They told him he probably would not live more than a few years.
They didn’t bother to tell him he would never uses his hands again.
He performs a lot of daily tasks with his mouth and face.
Now he is “testing an advanced robotic prosthetic created at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory.”
"You got the picture in mind of how you want everything to be. It takes a while to achieve that."
When he grabs it.
The look in his eye says victory.
It is a multi-year process of clinical research and commercialization which means Les cannot live with his arms yet.
"It’s basically more back to human. Being a whole person.” - Les
How it works:
Targeted Muscle Reinnervation - free nerve endings that formerly controlled muscles…
brain thinks “open the hand” > fires the end point of the nerve > contracts that muscle > sensed by prosthetic and mapped to coordinating pro-limb.
NYT Tags: Prosthetic limbs, controlled by thought.