Although there has been progress in prosthetic limb technologies, they could never relay sensory information back to its user. However, a group of researchers at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University’ could potentially revolutionize our view of the future of these artificial limbs.
The new technology features force detectors located on the artificial hand to relay sensory data directly to the nerve bundle in the residual limb. The system can allow the user to feel and touch sensations from up to 20 areas on the prosthetic hand. "The sensation is restored through three electrodes on the peripheral nerves of the residual limb" and users can now perform even the most delicate tasks without losing their grip.
So far, two people in total have been fitted with the system and the results have been super successful.
Restorative Prosthetic Limbs
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