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April 22, 2014

Johns Hopkins APL Modular Prosthetic Limb to Be Exhibited at USA Science and Engineering Festival

Modular Prosthetic Limb

The Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) promises to provide patients with improved, dexterous control of a prosthetic arm and hand, including a sense of touch.
Credit: JHU/APL

A revolutionary, neurally controlled prosthetic arm created by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will be the centerpiece of APL’s exhibit at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, from April 25 to 27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

APL’s Modular Prosthetic Limb, featured on the CBS program “60 Minutes,” will be featured as part of the science, technology, engineering and math event expected to draw more than 250,000 K-12 students and parents, more than 5,000 teachers, and over 3,000 STEM professionals. Representatives from the Applied Physics Lab’s STEM program office will guide students through a demonstration of simple “prosthetic hands” built using APL’s state-of-the-art 3-D printers. Participants will be able to operate the hands and attempt to perform a variety of challenges. Also on display will be the base for Robo Sally, which uses two MPLs on a mobile robotic platform to replicate human capabilities — safely removing the operator from life-threatening operations, such as explosives dispersal.

Attendees will receive a free copy of “Fifth Period,” an original comic series developed by APL that chronicles the exciting and often hilarious adventures of a close-knit group of four friends as they learn about STEM.

More than 1,000 leading professional scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, high-tech corporations and STEM outreach and community organizations will participate in the festival.

Learn more about the expo here.

Learn more about APL’s Modular Prosthetic Limb and Revolutionary Prosthetics program here.

Media contact: Gina Ellrich, 443-778-7796,

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