Does anyone recall the television shows from the 1970s, The $6 Million Man and The Bionic Woman, starring Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner, respectively?
Well, those sci-fi concepts introduced more than 30 years ago are today’s reality, as the technological advances being made in the development of prosthetic limbs are extraordinary. The progress occurring in the industry is offering new hope to numerous amputees worldwide that they once again will be able to lead normal lives.
CNBC reports that amputees are able to ride bikes, grip bottles, and run. James Young, an electrical line worker, lost both of his arms in a workplace accident in 2010. Today, Mr. Young has artificial arms that he soon will be able to control with his thoughts as if those prosthetic devices are his actual limbs.
Prosthetics is reported to be an $850 to $950 million industry annually in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
….After a muscle transfer and nerve realignment surgery, Young is now ready to be fitted with prosthetics that will enable him to control his arms using his just his thoughts. "It's actually amazing, I actually feel these arms are part of me, and I'm running them, and [they're] not a foreign object," he said.