Reengineering the Human Body

arm, bionic, Myomo, Neurorobotics, paralysis
Illustration by Jonathon Rosen
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The Arms

Up to 75 percent of stroke survivors suffer from partial paralysis of an arm, and only 15 percent of them regain full control of their limbs through rehabilitation. So Charlestown, Massachusetts-based Myomo – through its new technology platform NeuroRobotics – created a bionic arm, which attaches to the paralyzed arm like a brace, and uses electronic feedback to help a patient regain movement in the affected muscles. The price will be $5,000 or less.