Bionic man: Amputee controls artificial leg with thoughts

Bionic man: Amputee controls artificial leg with thoughts

For the first time ever, doctors have developed an artificial leg that is controlled by the person’s thoughts.

And it happened here at the Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago (RIC).

“So I move my leg out, push the toes down and bring my toes back up,” said Zac Vawter, the first man in the nation to have a so-called bionic leg.

He is able to make these movements just like people with a fully functioning leg do: With his thoughts.

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In 2009, Vawter lost his right leg from above the knee down in a motorcycle accident. His bionic leg allows him to bend his knee and move his ankle.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “It’s neat. It’s intuitive. It puts energy into me walking and moving around.”

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