For any amputee comes the life changing adaption to the use of prosthetic limbs. Be it legs or arms prognostics are becoming increasingly modernized and user friendly which will hopefully lead to the ability of easier adaption to the user. I would imagine that prosthetic arms are the harder to use. While there are grabber type arms that can be controlled through muscle movements in order to make a grasping hand stance, the extent to which these can be utilized in everyday life is limited. However new tests of prosthetic controlled via brain waves give hope to amputees in gaining their mobility back. This is shown in tests done at the John Hopkins University on a double arm amputee named Les Baugh. After losing both arms from the shoulder down in an electrical accident, Baugh thought he would never again be able to operate in the same way. However tests that hooked Baugh up to a brain scaner showed that he was able to accurately preform tests using a prosthetic arm. These tests ranged in complexity and fine tuning from dropping balls in cups to other tasks involving both arms.
The team tasked with developing the prosthetic say they want to have these affordable and without a doubt life changing prosthetics on the market within the next 10 years. The changes this could bring to amputees would be incredible. It could mean the ability to be self reliant again for many. In a sense these researches are developing a device that can give someone their freedom back.
Although the device looks promising, the software and hardware in use is incredibly expensive, so although they may be on the market soon, they may not be widely available to amputees due to their cost. This always happens with technology though, and given some time the price will go down while the quality increases. Personally, I believe this type of research and development is one of the most important and interesting. What other species of animal has devised a way to use their surrounding to fix themselves? We are arguably on a breakthrough in prosthetic technology that will mirror that of the advent of penicillin in medicine. Soon enough losing a limb will not be such a life changing event, and will hopefully allow for the regained independence of injured military and law enforcement and for civilians. Surely the future is looking bright for amputees as increased technology will further help them.