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BioPatRec: A modular research platform for the control of artificial limbs based on pattern recognition algorithms

By Kirstin Ahmed

Electric signals from the muscles can be analysed using artificial intelligence to control artificial limbs, but researchers use different development platforms to develop these techniques which slows down progress and makes it harder to compare results. We developed a shared (open source) platform called BioPatRec to foster collaboration and demonstrated its capabilities by analysing signals from 17 able-bodied participants using various techniques. BioPatRec can be used to record signals, process them, analyse them with artificial intelligence and control virtual or mechanical limbs. BioPatrec is freely available and used in three different continents with the hope to accelerate the development of better algorithms to improve the lives of those with limb loss.