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October 10, 2011 Brain-control demonstration breakthrough; two teams developing prosthetic arms and control systems

Improvements in training, body armor, and medical evacuation and care have saved lives in combat, but many of the wounds received during operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have resulted in amputations. Begun in 2006, DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program set out to expand prosthetic arm options for today’s wounded warriors. The program funded two teams to create advanced anthropomorphic mechanical arms and control systems; one to get an arm control system to market quickly, the other to determine the viability of direct brain control.

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Taken on July 27, 2011