DARPA develops fiber-optic controlled prosthetics.
DARPA funded research at the Southern Methodist University in the US have been investigating how to connect prosthetic limbs to individual nerves, via fiber-optic cables.
While that outcome is around 10 years away, the researchers have figured out the biggest hurdle in the system - how to develop sensors with enough sensitivity to detect signals from a single nerve. The new micro sensors can transmit signals to individual nerves, and at a much faster rate than traditional electrode based systems.

DARPA develops fiber-optic controlled prosthetics.

DARPA funded research at the Southern Methodist University in the US have been investigating how to connect prosthetic limbs to individual nerves, via fiber-optic cables.

While that outcome is around 10 years away, the researchers have figured out the biggest hurdle in the system - how to develop sensors with enough sensitivity to detect signals from a single nerve. The new micro sensors can transmit signals to individual nerves, and at a much faster rate than traditional electrode based systems.

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