Leslie Baugh is a former electrician from Colorado who lost both of his arms in an accident some 40-years-ago, and was the first person ever to operate a set of prosthetic limbs that operate bilaterally purely with his thoughts. Created by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), they fitted Les for the brace and socket before having him work with a virtual reality system (VRS). They then used this system to learn his movements and apply the data to the prosthetic limbs themselves, so they would move with intuitive thought control. Continue reading for a video and more information.
“It’s a relatively new surgical procedure that reassigns nerves that once controlled the arm and the hand. By reassigning existing nerves, we can make it possible for people who have had upper-arm amputations to control their prosthetic devices by merely thinking about the action they want to perform,” explained Johns Hopkins Trauma Surgeon Albert Chi, M.D.