A case study by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed that a prosthetic ankle powered by neural control technologies could help amputees regain a wide range of abilities with training.
Researcher Helen Huang said, "This case study shows that it is possible to use these neural control technologies, in which devices respond to electrical signals from a patient's muscles, to help patients using robotic prosthetic ankles move more naturally and intuitively."
The case study focused on activities that are challenging with typical prostheses, like squatting. The powered prosthesis responded to electrical signals from two residual calf muscles that control ankle motion. Researcher Aaron Fleming said, "It is much more similar to the way people move intuitively, and that can make a big difference in how people respond to using a prosthesis at all."
From NC State University News
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