Upper-limb amputee builds computer controller for feet

Once an avid video gamer, Gyorgy Levay stopped playing when he lost his hands to a meningitis infection six years ago.

Manipulating a mouse or a controller without hands or fingers was frustratingly impossible, but the struggles Levay faced sparked an interest in building devices to make life easier for him and other upper-limb amputees.

Now a biomedical engineering graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University, he developed a prototype device last year that will enable people to command a computer using their feet instead of their hands.

Levay, 28, a native of Hungary, is on a Fulbright scholarship to develop prosthetic devices at Johns Hopkins. He created his GEAR (Game Enhancing Augmented Reality) device in a biomedical instrumentation class and…

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