Draper to Build Implantable Device for Prosthetic Limb Users Under DARPA-Funded Program

draper-haptix-sensory-stimulation-satelliteDraper will work to develop an implantable device to help give a sense of feeling and proprioception to patients that use prosthetic limbs under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-funded program.

Draper said Tuesday the University of Texas-Southwestern has conducted tests on the Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces program that involved electrode component in animal studies that will proceed to human-based evaluations in the fall.

Philip Parks, Draper HAPTIX program manager, said the company works to develop safe systems for applications such as the development of an active implantable medical device and fault-tolerant computer system for space missions.

The company noted it will use follow-on Phase II DARPA funds awarded in April to build scalable wireless implants that will be used for preclinical tests in 2017.

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