It is amazing how technology has advanced to the point that a former electrician in Colorado, Leslie (“Les”) Baugh who lost both of his arms in an accident 40 years ago, is the first person ever to have a set of prosthetic limbs that operate with with his thoughts. The prosthetic limbs were created Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). Mike McLoughlin of APL prosthetic,had this to say:
I think we’re just getting started at this point. It’s like the early days of the internet, there’s just a tremendous amount of potential ahead of us and we just started down this road and I think the next 5, 10 years are going to bring some really phenomenal advancements.
We expected him to exceed performance compared to what he might achieve with conventional systems, but the speed with which he learned motions and the number of motions he was able to control in such a short period of time was far beyond expectation. …What really was amazing, and was another major milestone with MPL control, was his ability to control a combination of motions across both arms at the same time. This was a first for simultaneous bimanual control.