BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A team of bioengineers shook the scientific world with a smart invention meant to ease the life of amputees. The invention consists of a prosthetic which can “see” the things in front of it. It is basically a bionic hand which can respond ten times quicker than any other prosthetics and automatically grasp objects.
The hand is equipped with a camera, which allows it to “see” the objects in front of it. After detecting its size and shape, the prosthetic can detect the optimal grasp the objects needs. So, in a matter of milliseconds, the hand performs the necessary movements and grabs the object.
The camera works as the brain of the bionic hand
Kianoush Nazarpour is one of the researchers who developed the hand. He explained how they used computer vision to make the prosthetic work just like a real hand. Therefore, the signals sent by the camera to the bionic hand are similar to the signals sent by the brain to a real hand.
The camera works like the brain of the prosthetic, as it automatically reaches for objects. The wearer does not have to perform any additional action to make the hand grasp something, as the hand and the camera do all the work.
The hand is more practical than any other prosthetics
As mentioned, this bionic hand reacts ten times more quickly than other prosthetics. The general process of functioning for artificial limbs goes as follows. Wearers have to see the object first. Then, they have to tense the muscles in their remaining limb, so as the prosthetic would guess their intention. Only after that does it start performing a grabbing movement.
This invention solves the main problems amputees have with prosthetics. The response rate is either absent or slow, so they usually feel rather burdened by artificial limbs. As the new invention is intuitive, it will allow wearers to perform natural movements and no longer feel the limb as artificial.
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