This startup is bringing the first mind-controlled prosthetic arm to market

Some prosthetics require users to flex their muscles to make simple movements. An Atom Limbs prosthesis taps into the signals their brain is sending.

A typical prosthetic arm still looks essentially the way it has for more than a century, with a simple hook that can open and close to squeeze and hold objects. An artificial arm now in development works very differently: The hand on the device is connected to a bracelet that can read muscle signals in an amputee’s stump, so that person can move, tap, and squeeze artificial fingers simply by thinking.

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