Researchers Just Developed a Way for Prosthetic Hands to “Feel”

A prosthetic hand can high-five, caress a face, and even interlace its fingers with those of a human. But without the sense of touch, these gestures seem unsatisfying and incomplete. Until now, the full integration of these plastic appendages into the human body has been limited by their inability to feel. A team of neuroscientists from the University of Chicago and Case Western Reserve University are about to change life for amputees. They’ve figured out a way to turn the pressure “felt” by a prosthetic hand into a signal that feeds directly into the parts of the brain that deal with hand movement and touch. Publishing their work in the journal Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday, the scientists report that their system allows people fitted with robotic hands not only…

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