Advancements Lead to More Seamlessly Connected Prosthetics

Based on the reporting of Nick Stoico for the Concord Monitor

One of the biggest challenges amputees face is how disconnected and unnatural prosthetic limbs can feel. One of the over 2 million people in the United States who struggled with this problem is Junius Moore. Moore had his left arm amputated above the elbow after a car crash in 2016. This amputation was devastating to Moore, as he was fearful it would interfere with his work as a restaurant owner.

But Moore was reassured tasks would be easier with the LUKE arm, a newly developed thought controlled prosthetic. Thought control, although associated with difficult learning process, can make artificial limbs seem more “connected” to the amputee’s actions.  Modern prosthetics are being innovated to allow more integration, and Moore’s case was an important step in this process.