NEW - Bionic Mobility ‘Movers and Shakers’ Group
Invitations will be issued soon for a Bionics Queensland roundtable on bionic limbs, prosthetics and improved mobility. If you’d like to come along, please let us know via our contact form.
The past five years has seen many advances in bionic limbs and prosthetics including a higher fidelity interface and improved osseointegration, new and improved biofabrication processes plus advances in brain-computer interface (BCI) technology to enable thought controlled prosthetics and limbs. Insights to pattern recognition systems are also growing to identify individual muscles that are contracting, how they communicate with each other, their amplitude and frequency, and avenues to translate those insights into improving human movements within a prosthetic.
Knowledge of how to control motion across two limbs at the same time (simultaneous bimanual control) is adding to those insights. Exploration is continuing into the spatial resolution, temporal resolution and signal quality of invasive BMIs along with pathways to deliver a wearable brain-machine interface device. However, numerous opportunities remain for further bionics limbs and prosthetics research, innovation and new product and technology developments to address the range of issues noted here.
Importantly, many improvements so far have mostly helped amputees in developed countries who lead independent lives. Much work needs to be done to make sure that amputees across the globe garner benefits from these advances. Around the world, prosthetics are being made with recycled plastic, shoe strings and wooden materials. The majority of people living with disabilities do not have any knowledge of or access to bionic innovations and related products that could transform their lives.