First ever portable bionic hand that can sense the touch
An advancement in the technology going to be a great news for the people who have lost there hand or leg in the accident. Although there is prosthetic hand available but lacks sensation ability. However, in a recent invention, scientists have developed a first portable bionic hand that mimics the sense of touch.
The first ever portable bionic hand which was tried on a women named Almerina Mascarello, allowed her to feel with her missing limb 25 years after she lost it.
The technology brings together the bionic hand and computer that translates the information coming from the artificial fingers into the language brain can understand, which in turn sends back to the body through the electrodes.
Almerina Mascarello, who was chosen to test the prototype for six months, told to BBC that the prosthetic limb gave her back some of life’s simple pleasures, such as getting dressed or tying her shoes with no help. “All mundane things, really, but important. You feel complete,” she said.
Another person Dennis Aabo Sorensen who lost his hand in firecracker explosion, regained the experience of touch was “fantastic.” He told CattolicaNews that “being able to feel different textures, understanding whether objects were hard or soft and how I was holding them was just incredible.” with the bionic hand has sensors that detect information about whether an object is soft or hard, he could correctly describe the size and shape of specific objects such as a baseball, a glass, and a tangerine.
Paolo Rossini, a neurologist at University Hospital Agostino Gemelli in Rome, sees the technology’s potential beyond the day-to-day. He told the BBC that “once you can control a robotic prosthesis with your brain you can think about creating one that allows more complex movements than a hand with five fingers.”
Silvestro Micera, a neuroengineer at EPFL in Lausanne told BBC’s Fergus Walsh: “We are going more and more in the direction of science fiction movies like Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand in Star Wars – a fully controlled, fully natural, sensorized prosthesis, identical to the human hand.”