UCLA lab working to create machine that simulates touch

Veronica Santos has been working to improve medical mechanical devices since she injured her elbow during a high school basketball game. Santos said the accident helped her realize the importance of research in upper limb prosthetics. Santos and her team of student researchers at the UCLA Biomechatronics Lab designed the BairClaw in 2014 to help people with upper limb disabilities experience touch. The team is currently working to collect more data about the human sense of touch. The team uses a method called artificial haptic intelligence, which uses mechanical touch sensors, to record data that can be translated and understood by a computer, Santos said. She added she hopes this will allow patients to use prosthetic arms as real ones. “Imagine a machine that’s slightly removed from the human body,”…

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