The LifeHand 2 Artificial Arm May Bring Back Feelings That Were Once Lost

By: Jennifer Paul - Feb 7, 2014
References: epfl.ch & npr.org
Dennis Sorensen received a 'LifeHand 2' to give him the chance to feel again. Ten years ago he was setting off fireworks on New Year's Eve in Denmark when the terrible accident happened.

Doctors had no choice but to amputate what was left of his hand. Dennis has been using a prosthetic hand since. At the moment, Dennis has no feelings in his hand, but the hope is strong for the LifeHand 2 to provide him the chance to feel again.

Silvestro Micera is the director of the Translational Neural Engineering Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, he says the project aims "to give back as much as possible natural sensory information." Sensors have been added to each finger and tiny electrodes in the arm connect to the sensors to nerves. There is still a lot of time before we will know for sure, but so far so good for Dennis.