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Scientists develop bionic hand that can feel

Posted on Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A new type of bionic hand could revolutionise the lives of amputees by restoring their ability to touch.

The first of the new artificial hands will be transplanted on to a man in his 20s later this year. To make tactile feedback possible, the wiring of the hand will be connected to the patient's nervous system via electrodes making it possible for him to both control the device and to feel sensations from the hand's touch sensors.

"This is real progress, real hope for amputees," said Dr. Silvestro Micera. "It will be the first prosthetic that will provide real-time sensory feedback for grasping. It is clear that the more sensory feeling an amputee has, the more likely you will get full acceptance of that limb."

"The first bionic hand that allows an amputee to feel what they are touching will be transplanted later this year in a pioneering operation that could introduce a new generation of artificial limbs with sensory perception."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by WoIverine on 20 February, 2013, 14:44
Well...that guy will have no problem using "The Stranger" method lol.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Frank Merton on 20 February, 2013, 14:56
Good luck to the man; being the first on this sort of thing rarely turns out well.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Coffey on 20 February, 2013, 16:46
Haha, never been into Star Trek, guessing that's an alien race that is all bionic?
Comment icon #12 Posted by ExpandMyMind on 20 February, 2013, 17:11
Whaaat? Never into Star Trek? The Borg are baddies to end all other baddies.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Frank Merton on 20 February, 2013, 17:14
The scary thing is they don't eat you or kill you, they "assimilate" you.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Coffey on 20 February, 2013, 17:45
Haha, my step dad was obsessed with Star trek, he MADE me watch the films and soem of the episodes from TV... I think it had an oppisite affect on me, being forced. lol I loved Starwars though.
Comment icon #15 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 20 February, 2013, 19:33
I wonder if you can program the hand like to play piano etc now that would be handy.
Comment icon #16 Posted by WoIverine on 20 February, 2013, 20:27
lol add a vibration feature? Ok, that's just wrong.
Comment icon #17 Posted by ufonuts on 22 February, 2013, 0:51
You know exactly what i would do with this!! LOL!!!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Mikami on 25 February, 2013, 16:32
We're just one step closer to the return of the reapers.... and one step closer to finding the conduit..

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