A research team led by engineers from Southern Methodist University is developing a fibre optic link to allow communication between prosthetic limbs and the brain, providing new hope for amputees.
The fibre optic communication link will allow two-way communication between prosthetic limbs and peripheral nerves, allowing patients to move their limbs, and feel pressure and heat.
Marc Christensen, centre director and electrical engineering chair at Southern Methodist University’s Lyle School of Engineering, said enhancing human performance with modern digital technologies is one of the great frontiers in engineering.
“Providing this kind of port to the nervous system will enable not only realistic prosthetic limbs, but can also be applied to treat spinal cord injuries and an array of neurological disorders,” Christensen said.
The project is being funded by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.