A Blueprint for Restoring Touch with a Prosthetic Hand
● Enhancing The Sense Of TouchScience has made tremendous advances in technology that taps into signals from the brain to allow patients to move prosthetic limbs, but incorporating real-time sensory feedback would not only increase the dexterity and usefulness of robotic prosthetic limbs, but also make them feel like natural extensions of our bodies.
Follow +Matt Wood
as he takes you through the neutral-based research performed by neuroscientist +Sliman Bensmaia
in collaboration with his colleagues at the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago in order to better understand how the sensory nervous system captures information about the surface, shape and texture of objects and conveys it to the brain.
In new research published today [14 October] in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS], they have created a blueprint for building touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain. Their research project is part of Revolutionizing Prosthetics
, a multi-year +DARPA
(Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) project that seeks to create a modular, artificial upper limb that will restore natural motor control and sensation in amputees.
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● Image: Prosthetic Hand; PNAS
● Video of patient using prosthetic limb (2012):'Terminator' arm is world's most advanced prosthetic limb
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