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Augmenting or upgrading the body via the attachment of prosthetic limbs, new organs, neuroprosthetic devices, and integrated computer circuitry is fundamental to so many of the ways technology is changing the way we view the world, the limitations we face, and the effects of major injury.
Anchoring to the Skeleton: Prosthetic limb breakthrough
July 2006, and researchers at University College London develop a means of attaching artificial / prosthetic limbs directly to the skeleton by means of pegs inspired by deer horns.
First woman fitted with bionic arm
Ex-Marine Claudia Mitchell becomes the first woman to be fitted with the first prosthetic limb to anchor itself to the human nervous system, and draw off of sub-conscious thought. The brain goes to move a natural arm, but there is no natural arm to move. Instead, the artificial arm picks up on those same signals, and moves itself, exactly as the original would have done.
First woman fitted with bionic, becomes first with a Haptic arm
The art of prosthetics has moved forwards once more, and Claudia has now become the first woman to be fitted with an artificial arm ? same arm ? that returns a sense of touch to her nervous system.
Anchoring to the Skeleton: Infection-Proof Prosthetic Paw
A Belgian German Shepard dog called Storm, has become the first person to be fitted with a prosthetic implant which fits into the bone and sticks through the skin with no risk of infection to the animal.