Flash From The Past: April 26, 2007

In 1985 my father passed away due to exposure to a pesticide during his tours in Vietnam. One thing I never enjoy doing, but something I can certainly relate to, is photographing military funerals. It’s sad seeing my fathers generation laying to rest members of my generation in yet another war.

Dr. Annie Simon (R) and Physical Therapist Aide Suzanne Finucane (L) remove sensors from Hailey Daniswicz's leg at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Bionic Medicine April 13, 2011 Daniswicz was flexing muscles in her thigh as electrodes attached to her leg instructed a computer avatar to flex its knee and ankle -- parts of her own leg that have been missing for 12 years. Daniswicz, a sophomore at Northwestern University who her lost her lower leg to bone cancer, is training the computer to recognize slight movements in her thigh so she can eventually be fitted with a "bionic" leg -- a robotic prosthesis she would control with her own nerves and muscles. REUTERS/John Gress

Bionic Woman

Today, Reuters released a set of photos that I shot and a story about researchers in Chicago working with electromyography — electrical signals produced by muscles — and pattern recognition computer software to control and develop a new generation of robotic limbs.