May 29, 2015

Prosthetic Hands with a Sense of Touch? Breakthroughs in Providing 'Sensory Feedback' from Artificial Limbs

(May 29, 2015)  Researchers are exploring new approaches to designing prosthetic hands capable of providing "sensory feedback."  Advances toward developing prostheses with a sense of touch are presented in a special topic article in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Emerging sensory feedback techniques will provide some sensation and enable more natural, intuitive use of hand prostheses, according to the review by ASPS Member Surgeon Paul S. Cederna, MD, of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues. They write, "These breakthroughs pave the way to the development of a prosthetic limb with the ability to feel."

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