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Enhancing human physical capability
Inventing disruptive technologies for nanoelectronic devices and creating new paradigms for life-machine symbiosis
Lower-extremity amputees face a series of potentially serious post-operative complications. Among these are increased risk of further amput…
Magnetomicrometry uses implantable magnets to track the position of muscles, potentially improving the control and efficacy of prosthetics.
Magnetomicrometry has exciting prospects for the control of wearable robotics, including prostheses and exoskeletons.
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
Existing upper extremity prosthesis controllers have limited functionality and place high cognitive demands on users, both of which contrib…
A team of Boston surgeons and scientists has developed a new approach to amputation.
The prosthetic interface consists of a compliant liner and rigid socket, and conventionally has been made through a very hands-on artisinal…
Building intelligent personified technologies that collaborate with people to help them learn, thrive, and flourish.
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
"Augmented" is a Nova PBS documentary episode that premiers Wednesday, 2/23, featuring Biomechatronics group head Hugh Herr.
Augmented is a Nova PBS documentary produced by STAT News, which follows the development of a new amputation procedure and bionic prostheses
Biomechatronics group head Hugh Herr speaks with Marwa ElDiwiny on a recent episode of the IEEE RAS Soft Robotics podcast.
As developers of prosthetic technology, we’re dedicated to understanding the challenges that people with limb loss face, not just after amp…
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioception,…
The center is funded by a $24 million gift to MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research from philanthropist Lisa Yang.
During the gait cycle, the human ankle complex serves as a primary power generator while simultaneously stabilizing the entire limb. These …
Biplanar fluoroscopy (BiFlo) enables three-dimensional bone kinematics analysis using x-ray videos and bone geometry from segmented CT. Hin…
The design of next-generation bionic ankles and knees aims to improve bionic actuators on all metrics: range of motion, power density, band…
Recent advancements in orthopedic implants have made way for a new generation of bionic limbs that attach directly to the skeleton. Leverag…
The human ankle provides a significant amount of net positive work during the stance period of walking, especially at moderate to fast walk…
Recent advances in artificial limbs have resulted in the provision of powered ankle and knee function for lower extremity amputees and powe…
New study describes first human implementation of novel approach to limb amputation.
Read about the first upper-limb amputation performed using the AMI procedure created by Media Lab researchers + Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Amputation, muscle weakness, and nerve damage can make it difficult to perform simple daily tasks. In this project, we are developing a mi…
We plan to use magnetomicrometry to provide natural control over prosthetic limbs
C. Taylor, Magnetomicrometry : Tissue length tracking via implanted magnetic beads (2020). https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/130210
Hugh Herr discusses the implications of the technology behind his work, from regenerative medicine and surgery to elderly mobility.
Olivia Arthur explores the ways technology can transform the human body, and vice-versa, from robotics to work in the Biomechatronics group.
Powered ankle prostheses have been proven to improve the walking economy of transtibial amputees although these powered systems are usually…
Acquisition of surface electromyography (sEMG) from a person with an amputated lower extremity (LE) during prosthesis-assisted walking rema…
Revealing insights into the human condition and repairing brain disorders via novel tools for mapping and fixing brain computations
Everett Lawson and Matt Carney worked with Biomechatronics group head Hugh Herr to fit Everett with a bionic prosthesis.
Carney, Matthew E. “Design and Evaluation of a Reaction-Force Series Elastic Actuator Configurable as Biomimetic Powered Ankle and Knee Prostheses By.” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020.
Cristina Quinn profiles Morgan Stickney, an elite swimmer who's the first person to undergo a bilateral Ewing amputation.
A research team, including members of the Biomechatronics group, devises a new surgery for hand amputations and prostheses.
Morgan Stickney is an elite swimmer who's helping pave the way for the next generation of bionic prosthetics and para-athletes.
Because old-school surgical amputation hasn’t kept up with modern-day medicine.
Electrical stimulation (FES) is the current clinical stimulation modality used to restore function and provide therapy in a variety of clin…
New optogenetic technique could help restore limb movement, treat muscle tremor.
For amputees, robotic limbs that move like the real thing and are controlled by the mind are a game changer.
"During the twilight years of this century, I believe humans will be unrecognizable in morphology and dynamics from what we are today."