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APL-built prosthetic arm controlled by thought

Technology connects robotic limb to human brain

Image credit: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes" featured a segment on the remarkable, thought-controlled prosthetic hand and arm engineered by a team led by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

In his report, Scott Pelley visits with APL's Michael McLoughlin, who leads the federally funded project, and with Albert Chi, a Johns Hopkins trauma surgeon experienced in targeted innervations—the rerouting of nerves through spare muscle so that amputees can operate motorized prosthetics using motor commands.

Read the complete "60 Minutes" report