In Pictures: Programmer and ‘bionic leg’ ace 103-story test

Software engineer using mind-controlled prosthetic limb scales Chicago tower

Close-up look

The limb weighs about 10 pounds and includes two motors, which Vawter activates by thinking about the movements necessary to climb the stairs. Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the $8 million undertaking included researchers from Vanderbilt University, MIT, the University of Rhode Island and the University of New Brunswick.

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