Amputee Feels Through Bionic Hands
The mechanics of prosthetic hands has advanced tremendously over the past decades, and these devices have become lighter, stronger, and more responsive to their users. Yet, the sense of touch, has been difficult to implement.
Researchers have reported in Science Translational Medicine the development of new technology that actually transmits what the fingers of a prosthetic are sensing as real tactile perception. While blindfolded, the amputee was able to near naturally feel how strong his grip was and could tell what shape were the objects placed in his prosthetic hand.