Touch-sensitive prosthetic hand allows amputees to feel again

“This is the first time in neuroprosthetics that sensory feedback has been restored and used by an amputee in real-time to control an artificial limb,” said Professor Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Touch-sensitive prosthetic hand allows amputees to feel again

World Bulletin / News Desk

Limb amputees will be pleased to hear of a technological breakthrough after a touch-sensitive prosthetic hand granted a man the ability to feel for the first time in 10 years, after he lost his real hand in an accident.

By connecting electrodes to nerves beneath the skin, the prosthetic hand sent signals to the man's brain, enabling him to feel what he was holding well-enough to tell what the object was while blind-folded.

“This is the first time in neuroprosthetics that sensory feedback has been restored and used by an amputee in real-time to control an artificial limb,” said Professor Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

“The possibility of restoring close to the natural sensation was amazing and so surprising. After 30 days we were obliged by regulations to remove the hand from the patient, which was a pity because everything was working so well,” Professor Micera was reported to have said by the Independent.

“The idea is that the next implant will be ready within two years and we aim to put the electrodes into the arm for the long term, perhaps months or years, and for everything to be completely portable,” added the professor.

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