“Ten years ago Dennis Sorensen was setting off fireworks to celebrate New Year's Eve with his family in Denmark when something terrible happened.”
“After U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. James Sides lost his hand while serving in Afghanistan, he was desperate to get back to his old way of life. Despite the fact that he had mastered the use of his prosthetic, Sides was frustrated by his inability to fluidly do simple things like pick up a water bottle or get money from the ATM.”
“The Alfred Mann Foundation announced the first recipient of its investigational myoelectric sensor system, a minimally invasive, intuitive, multi-channel control system for prosthetics.”
“Three-dimensional printing technology is now being used in a University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus laboratory, thanks to a $600,000 capital equipment grant from the Veterans Administration. The CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus / VA Biomechatronics Development Laboratory is home to a cutting-edge 3D printer: a metal laser sintering machine.”
“Richard Weir, PhD, a researcher in robotic technology for arm amputees, said the fabricator will allow his research team to develop better components for prosthetic fingers, hands and arms. Weir, an associate research professor in the Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science, would also like to create a prototyping center as a resource for other university and VA researchers.”
“Richard Weir’s new toy takes up an entire room in this basement maze of laboratory space at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. - See more at:
“No sooner did we write about the fascinating laser-sintering machine in the basement of Children’s Hospital Colorado, building body part replicas from scratch metal, than Colorado State University made its own play for some publicity.”
“When people lose an arm or a leg, the nerves that control the limbs continue sending signals to the muscles left behind. Decoding those signals to articulate natural movement in a sophisticated prosthetic is the goal of research being conducted by Richard Weir, PhD, associate research professor.”
Dr. Hugh Herr lost both legs in a mountain climbing accident, so he set about reinventing the artificial limb; see how the BioMechatronics Development Laboratory is helping him do it
Winning the IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society ACE Award
The BioMechatronics Development Laboratory and the Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs win the IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society ACE Award for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Asked what drew him to prosthetics engineering, Richard Weir, PhD, goes back to his childhood in Ireland. “I have a twin sister who lost a hand when she was five. My father was a doctor, my uncle was an engineer, and I’ve always been interested
in science fiction, robots and androids. I imagine it’s an amalgam of all those things.” Today, as a scientist with VA, Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Weir is on the leading edge of prosthetics technology.
The UNB hand is featured on Le téléjournal Acadie on Societe Radio-Canada, August 2009
The University of New Brunswick (UNB) Multifunction Hand System is featured on the Le téléjournal Acadie news show on the Société Radio-Canada station. This segment describes all segments of this sophisticated project including
the BioMechatronics Development Laboratory’s work on the mechanical design of the hand system.
The Advanced limb system featured in the Matlab newsletter, November 2009
Three prototype limbs were developed for the DARPA revolutionizing prosthetics program were developed by the BioMechatronics Development Laboratory at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in collaboration with Otto Bock
Advanced prosthetic limb systems featured on 60 minutes, April 2009
The arm system featured here was developed by DEKA, in conjunction with researchers here at RIC, including technical and clinical advice from Dr. Richard Weir.
by Sally Adee, IEEE Spectrum Cover Story, January, 2009
Jonathan Kuniholm wears a prototype of the prosthetic arm created by the DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 project. The intrinsic hand shown was developed at the BioMechatronics development laboratory.
by Brian Mockenhaupt, Esquire Magazine, February, 2008.
Discussing the most advanced prosthetics available and upcoming. This includes the intrinsic hand developed by the biomechatronics development laboratory and the IMES implantable myoelectric sensor system developed by Dr. Weir.
by Logan Ward, Popular Mechanics, November, 2007.
Dr. Richard F. ff. Weir, Ph.D, as part of the Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 (RP2009) team led by John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL), was awarded the POPULAR MECHANICS 2007 Breakthrough Innovator Award for the design of the
Proto 2 myoelectric arm and IMES sensor system.
by Michael Belfiore, WIRED, August, 2007.
Discusing the DARPARP2009 project including the IMES sensor system developed by the BioMechatronics Development Laboratory - "To gather signals required for finer control, Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 engineers will turn to rice-size injectable myoelectric
sensors, or IMES -- devices being developed by RIC scientists Richard Weir and Jack Schorsch, and Philip Troyk of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Once embedded in the muscles to be read, the IMES devices will send much clearer signals, and many
more of them."more. . .
The highlight of an April 27 Senate hearing on VA research was the demonstration of an innovative prosthetic hand being developed by Richard Weir, PhD, an engineer at the Chicago VA Medical Center and Northwestern University. Weir demonstrated a partial hand prosthesis, designed for those who have a wrist but have lost their fingers and thumb. The myoelectric unit has a built-in controller that interprets electrical signals from residual muscles.more. . .