Scientists in Rome have unveiled the first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside a laboratory.
The recipient, Almerina Mascarello, who lost her left hand in an accident nearly a quarter of a century ago, said “it’s almost like it’s back again”.
In 2014 the same international team produced the world’s first feeling bionic hand.
But the sensory and computer equipment it was linked to was too large to leave the laboratory.
Now the technology is small enough to fit in a rucksack, making it portable.
The development team included engineers, neuroscientists, surgeons, electronics and robotics specialists from Italy, Switzerland and Germany.
How it works
The prosthetic hand has sensors that detect information about whether an object is soft or hard.
These messages are linked to a computer in a rucksack that converts these signals into a language the brain will understand.
The information is…
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