The Whole Nine Yards of Neural Control


Anyone who has lost a limb has for generations had to make do with either a purely cosmetic prosthesis or one which could only perform the most basic functions. In recent years, bionic limbs have been introduced which are rather rudimentary, being able to only move by processing signals received from the stump muscles. A whole new world of prosthetics has been opened up as Neurogress has developed an innovative neural interface which allows amputees a level of control never seen before.

Complete Control Without Invasive Surgery

For almost a decade, neuroscientists have been able to help even those who are completely paralyzed to operate machinery simply through the power of their thoughts. Until recently, this could only be achieved by using an invasive BCI (brain-computer interface), which is implanted into the brain. This is a potentially risky operation.

While John Hopkins University reported in 2016 that they had succeeded in perfecting the technology which enabled a test patient to move the individual fingers of his prosthetic hand simply by using his mind, this had been achieved by carrying out invasive surgery to reassign the nerves that once controlled the hand.

Neurogress has now taken this innovative neuro-technology one step further, through the development of a neural interface which eliminates the need for surgery. The cutting-edge device ensures that prosthetic wearers are protected from the potential dangers of having an invasive operation whilst also removing any need for supervision by a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

The Benefits of Neuro-Technology

Evidence from as long ago as 2013 shows the advantages of a neural control system for prosthetic limbs. When a Swedish amputee became the first person to receive a robotic arm which was controlled via an implanted neuromuscular interface, he achieved a level of control and a range of movement that he had never before been able to achieve. Not only was he able to work as a truck driver, he also found that he could complete complex tasks which required fine motor skills such as operating machinery, unpacking eggs and even tying shoelaces.
The new neural interface technology from Neurogress is a revolutionary step forward into the future.

This is indeed welcome news for patients who have had to previously deal with clunky and awkward prosthetic limbs, or face the possibility of sensor-implantation surgery which has the potential to go wrong.

A World of Control

The wearable neural interface system devised by Neurogress takes control to a whole new level. With cutting-edge software that can adjust prostheses and synchronize the movements of the limbs, the Neurogress device will ensure a more accurate prosthesis reaction with much lower computing requirements, ensuring a higher level of performance. Since the prosthesis is 3D printed, it is much more affordable than an osseointegrated limb.

Even more exciting, since the neural control software is capable of recognizing brain commands, it has applications in addition to the control of artificial limbs. Allowing a seamless process of thoughts into movements, this technology can also be harnessed for use for a host of purposes including remote neural control of gadgets and robots and even the possibility of pairing with Virtual Reality devices for an unparalleled gaming experience.

What do you think about the potential of a non-invasive way of controlling prosthetic limbs? An exciting possibility or a step too far? Or, are you more interested in the idea of mind-controlled gaming?

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