A group of scientists and engineers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Italy have developed a high-tech bionic fingertip that can be used to help amputees feel the sensation of touch.
The fingertip is electronic and has to be surgically wired to nerves in the wearer's upper arm. Dennis Aabo Sorensen is the first person to use the bionic fingertip, which enabled him to recognize texture by working in conjunction with electrodes implanted above his stump.
This bionic fingertip clearly has the potential to improve the quality of life of amputees. However, in addition to use as a prosthetic element, it also shows promise for use in surgery and manufacturing settings.