It all started with a dream and a vision.
But before all that, Zac Vawter was disfigured in a horrific motorcycle accident in 2009 that left him with just one leg. But he didn't lose hope. He was a man who loved life. He loved running, and he loved motorcycles. He was, for all intents and purposes, just like you and me. One would think that such a devastating episode would crush his spirits.
But then, on November 4, 2012 he changed all that and he actually did more.
He achieved a feat that would forever be esconced in history as one of the remarkable firsts in humankind. He climbed the 103 Story Willis Tower in Chicago not just with any prosthetic leg, but with a thought controlled robotic leg.
It marks the beginning of an era where people could directly connect with a robotic limb and actually move it according to their own will.
For the first time in history, the fantasy of having bionic limbs that are controlled simply with thinking, were made. All thanks to the US Department of Defense's project.
Soon Within Reach
For now, such an amazing piece of technology is years away from commercial production. But at the rate things are developing, it could very well be within the budgets and reach of so many people who'd love to experience the sensation of having not just any prosthetic leg, but a thought-controlled one.
From Amputee to Bionic Man
More than just a prosthetic or robotic appendage, the technology is actually an upgrade for human existence and capability. Although there are now many very similar technologies in the field of robotics, none can compare to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's technology's invention, for the simple fact is, that these appendages can be controlled by thought.
Think of how such devices could be used by soldiers who have been injured in the field. The possibility of being on active duty again, with enhanced capabilities, enamors one to want to make the possibility of the bionic soldier into a graspable reality.
There is no doubt that such technology could traverse beyond its normal scope of application into uncharted fields. In fact, one can dare say that maybe one day in the very near future, some of us could even have abilities far beyond what we used to be capable of, and far beyond the abilities of every person.