This summary of a lecture by Microsoft’s CTO discusses the integration of sensor technology and cloud based AI in low cost, 3D printed prosthetic arms. In comparison to traditional prosthetics, a new generation of prosthetics uses open, adaptable architecture and off-device computing to reduce unit cost while enabling personalisation through integrated sensor technology. Modern prosthetics are able to identify objects to modify grip controls, in a similar way that unmanned military platforms conduct target identification and response. The low cost, 3D printed, machine learning aspects of the technology could have applications to improvised threats or swarm attack capabilities.
Watch the lecture and read the full blog post here.