The Bionic Leg - It Exists

By Luke Y. Thompson in Tech
Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:00 am


It's a very special award.

Motorcycle accident victim Zac Vawter is the first man in the nation to have a thought-controlled mechanical leg, which coincidentally also makes him the first man in the nation to be excited at the prospect of climbing stairs.

Sensors in the computerized leg detect nerve impulses in the muscle, and move the robotic leg accordingly. I don't know if Vawter has any kids, but in the battle of feet versus stray toys left lying around, we have finally found one appendage to crush the competition.

Insert obligatory Steve Austin joke here. What? No, wrong Steve Austin. What?

Detailed video from CBS Chicago after the jump.

h/t Gallen_Dugall

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