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Mind control powers prototype bionic leg

Prosthetic legs that can read minds? Researches at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago say it’s a possibility.

With funding from the U.S. Army, the group of researches unveiled its latest prototype bionic device this past week. The leg is comprised of aluminum, motors and sensors and relies on powerful software that translates neural signals into specific motions. Essentially, a patient thinks about bending his knee and his prosthesis follows directions.

Researchers say they hope to release the technology to the military and the general public in the next five years. Read more.