This Smart Prosthetic Limb Gives Wearers More Natural and Flexible Movement

 - May 13, 2017
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This smart prosthetic limb developed by Newcastle University biomedical engineers makes motion feel more natural. Described as "the first intuitive hand," the artificially intelligent prosthetic hand is capable of responding to its environment and adjust its grip and movement.

Outfitted with a camera, the "hand that sees" was developed to offer more hope to amputees and also serves to make public services more accessible. The bionic hand lets the wearer reach for objects automatically and react to items more fluidly as it can take pictures instantaneously, assess the size and shape of what's in front of it and then trigger motion. The smart prosthetic hand is currently being trialled at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

By giving artificial hands artificial vision, this prosthetic is one step closer to a fully bionic hand and demonstrates how technology can benefit healthcare.