Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bionic Hands that Can Move, Touch, and Feel

Medical advancements do happen by the minute. And for patients who constantly wait for solutions to their health problems, the wait might not be that long.

Featured here is a recent development by a Swiss medical research lab. This bionic hand hopes to change more than the way amputees move their prosthetic limbs, but also the way they feel!

This bionic hand can receive sensory info from touch
Much credit is given to the team of Dr. Silvestro Micera at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. The bionic hand, like other modern prosthetic limbs, can be controlled by the nerve impulses of the patient wearing it.

However, in this special case, besides being able to move the wrist and fingers of the bionic hand, the patient can even receive sensory feedback from it. Special receptors or electrodes are attached to patient's nerves, allowing sensory information to travel from the hand to the brain.

According to Micera, this will be highly beneficial for patients who have lost their hands or arms, because they can also feel with the artificial limbs. Back then, amputees would wear their prosthetics only when needed, but not for prolonged periods of time because they were unnatural and uncomfortable.

More information on this bionic hand and the research team can be found on Walyou.

You can also check out one of my older posts on a sign language translation device that can possibly aid persons with hearing and speech impairment.

Via Walyou and Daily Mail

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