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Bionic Hand: A Prosthetic that Moves and Feels

Updated on March 3, 2013
The bionic hand can be controlled via nerve impulses, and at the same time can receive sensory input to the brain
The bionic hand can be controlled via nerve impulses, and at the same time can receive sensory input to the brain

Recently, a medical research laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, announced a special type of bionic hand, the very first ever created.

Headed by Dr. Silvestro Micera, the team was able to develop an artificial limb that mimics the movement of all the hand joints such as the wrist and fingers. What's even better is that this hand can also allow the wearer to feel while it is touching an object.

Micera explains that most patients only wear their artificial hands or arms when necessary, but not for a very long time because it doesn't feel natural.

This bionic hand can provide sensory feedback to the wearer, and soon the team hopes to have this transplanted to an anonymous patient by the end of the year 2013. The team also hopes to soon recreate hands that are like the real thing, which can feel touch, pain, and even changes in temperature.

Imagine how this bionic hand can change the way persons with disabilities live their lives. You can learn more about this technology by surfing over here.

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