Dr. Kevin Englehart is the director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, where he also completed is undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in engineering. Originally from Fredericton, Dr. Englehart's work has lead to the development of hardware and software that allows people with artificial limbs to operate them with advanced utility and dexterity.
For many people today, prosthetic hands can only perform open/close and turning movements. To operate them, they have to learn how to isolate and move specific muscles in their arm to trigger movement in the hand. Kevin’s research has led to a limb that learns the patient instead. From the hundreds of thousands of electrical impulses that the brain produces, for the slightest of movements, he and his team developed hardware and software that identifies which of those impulses cause a specific movement. Instead of isolating muscles, patients only need to think about what they want to do for the limb to respond.