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Pakistani Engineers Develop Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

Thu 18 Apr 2024 | 06:22 PM

Ovais Hussain Qureshi and Anas Niaz, two pioneering engineers from Pakistan, are enhancing the lives of disabled individuals with their innovative development of a brain-controlled prosthetic arm. Named Bioniks, the project has already equipped over 30 people with the ability to move limbs they once thought permanently lost, demonstrating the profound impact of advanced bio-robotics.

Originally conceived as a university project in mechatronics, Qureshi and Niaz continued to evolve their invention to offer more widespread benefits. Their prosthetic arm operates through sophisticated sensors that detect brain signals intended for limb movement, allowing users to control the device with their thoughts.

Remarkably cost-effective, each Bioniks arm is produced for about $2,000 or 312,700 Rupees, leveraging 3D printing technology to tailor each unit to the individual’s specific needs. At only 500-600 grams, these bionic arms are significantly lighter than traditional prosthetics, which weigh between one and two kilograms. The plug-and-play design of Bioniks arms requires no surgery, making them accessible and easy to use.

The success stories of those using the Bioniks arms are numerous and inspiring. One such user, Mr. Rashid, who was born without a right arm, shared his positive feedback: "A thoroughly enjoyable experience was putting on my Bioniks arm!"

Driven by their initial success, Qureshi and Niaz are now expanding their focus to include bionic-based lower limbs and exoskeletons, with particular emphasis on designing a functional knee joint—one of the most complex mechanical systems in the human body and crucial for walking.

For further information on how Bioniks is making strides in healthcare and technology, visit This venture not only highlights significant advancements in medical technology but also positions Pakistan at the forefront of bio-robotic innovations globally.