BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A team of scientists developed an innovative bionic hand which could regain touch sensitivity to amputees. The woman who received the prosthetic reported being able to feel things while touching them, so the device is truly revolutionary. It is also portable, and might soon become available even outside of laboratories.
The bionic hand allows the wearer to feel soft and hard objects
Scientists have always been trying to develop bionic hands which can regain the sense of touch to the amputees, and make them able to grab and hold things. So far, the grabbing and holding part has been solved, but people focused a lot less on making people able to sense textures.
This has now become a reality with the help of a team of researchers from Rome. They have invented the first bionic hand which can help the patient actually recover their sense of touch. The device is also portable, and can easily be worn anywhere. The one who received it for testing was a woman, Almerina Mascarello, who had had her left hand amputated after an accident which occurred 20 years ago.
The device uses sophisticated technology and is easy to wear
She has worn the bionic hand for six months now. During all this period, she could touch objects and sense their texture, or tell if they were hard or soft. She said the device made everything sense real, and she never left like she was actually wear a prosthetic.
To make people able to touch, the bionic hand makes use of some sensors linked to a portable computer which identify the texture of a touched object. Then, these sensors are transformed in a type of impulses which can be read by the brain. They are transmitted to the brain through electrodes.
The invention is a huge achievement especially because this is not the first version of the bionic hand. A similar device was invented before, but this one was too big to carry around. The compact version shows that the future of touch-sensitive prosthetics is closer than we thought.
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