Les Baugh lost both of his arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago. He never thought he’d live to see the day when prosthetic arms could change his day-to-day reality.
Recently, the Colorado man made history when he became the first person to simultaneously operate two prosthetic limbs using his thoughts.
The procedure, which took place at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, involved fitting him with custom Modular Prosthetic Limbs. His nerves in the shoulders and upper torso area had to be reassigned, which made it possible for him to move the limbs with his mind.
Needless to say, watching what the prosthetic arms are capable of is absolutely astounding.
One of Baugh’s prosthetists Courtney Moran explains:
What was really amazing, and was a…major milestone with MPL control, was his ability to control a combination of motions across both arms at the same time. This was a first for simultaneous bimanual control.
Watch the video above.