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Rising to the Challenge: Miami

A life-changing Hopkins innovation — the world's most advanced thought-controlled prosthetic arm
Posted December 14, 2015

See and share the highlights video of Hopkins' amazing thought-controlled prosthetic limb

SPUR Scholar intern Farhan Damani, Whiting School of Engineering Class of 2016. SPUR Scholar intern Farhan Damani, Whiting School of Engineering Class of 2016.

"You've heard of Back to the Future? Where did it end? Where did it begin? 2015. Back to the future is here," Johnny Matheny, a pioneer of advanced arm prosthetics, told an audience of Hopkins alumni, parents, and friends.

They came together, nearly 400 in all, on November 16 for an evening of fun, great conversation, and inspiration as part of Rising to the Challenge: Miami. Half gathered at the beautiful Pérez Art Museum — the other half tuned in from across the country and around the world for a live online broadcast.

All had the chance to see what few people anywhere have: a demonstration of Hopkins' thought-controlled prosthetic arm, the most advanced in the world.

Now you, your family, and friends have a chance to recapture that inspiration and help advance this life-changing Hopkins innovation by:

* Watching and sharing a video of the discussion and demonstration with friends

* Browsing photos from the event and reposting your favorities (be sure to tag yourself and your friends).

The Hopkins Modular Prosthetic Limb is the most capable prosthetic arm in the world, combining high-dexterity robotics with brain control. The device promises to improve life for thousands of people who have lost an arm during military service or traumatic injury, and those with paralysis due to spinal cord injury, ALS, stroke, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s, or other neuro-degenerative diseases. To move the device out of the lab and into everyday use, your support is needed for continued research, home trials, and development of advanced prototypes.

Please consider making a gift today to help improve daily life for individuals who have lost a limb due to injury or disease.

Learn More

This guy has a thought-controlled robotic arm: Meet the $120 million man (Bloomberg News video)

Will a robotic arm ever have the full functionality of a human limb? (PBS video)

Prosthetic Limbs, Conrolled by Thought (New York Times video and story)

Breakthrough: Robotic limbs moved by the mind (60 Minutes/CBS News video)

Check out our Facebook album from the event

Such an inspirational night! Thank you to all that joined us in Miami and online. Your questions and enthusiasm were amazing.

Posted by Johns Hopkins University - Rising to the Challenge on Monday, November 16, 2015


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