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Breakthrough Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today allowed marketing of the DEKA Arm System, the first prosthetic arm that can perform multiple, simultaneous powered movements controlled by electrical signals from electromyogram (EMG) electrodes,” according to an FDA News Release. “EMG electrodes detect electrical activity caused by the contraction of muscles close to where the prosthesis is attached,” and a computer processor in the prosthesis receives electrical signals and translates them to specific arm movements that resemble the natural motion of the arm.

Read the news release.