Advances in prosthetics are rapid.

Draft page – more information coming soon.

See also: artificial organs and regenerative medicine.

Is it prostheses or prosthetics? A prosthesis is an artificial body part (plural = prostheses) whereas the adjective is used to describe a particular type, for example a prosthetic hand. Prosthetics is the medical speciality studying and applying prostheses.

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Woman receives bionic hand with sense of touch – BBC News – 3-Jan-2018
First bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside a laboratory.
Fitted to patient who lost her left hand in an accident 25 years ago.
Technology is now small enough to fit in a rucksack.
Sensors can detect information about whether an object is soft or hard.
Information is relayed to the brain via tiny electrodes implanted in nerves in the upper arm.
The feeling is spontaneous as if it were your real hand.

Ultrasound prosthesis provides individual finger control – Digital Trends – 12-Dec-2017
Georgia Institute of Technology has developed new prosthesis driven by ultrasound.
Used by a musician, who lost part of his right arm, to play the piano.
Novel ultrasonic sensor and machine learning algorithms allow amputees to perform sophisticated tasks.
Looks at the trajectory and speed of the movement in forearm muscles.

Bioengineered robotic hand will sense touch – Phys – 14-Nov-2017
Sophisticated prostheses can mimic almost every hand motion.
But remain unnatural for the user as they lack tactile feedback.
Bioengineered robotic hand will grow and adapt to its environment.
Will have its own peripheral nervous system linking sensors and actuators.
Creating a living pathway from the robot’s touch sensation to the user’s brain.

When your body becomes eligible for an upgrade – BBC News – 15-Jul-2017
What will happen when humans decide to become robots?
Sensors give prosthetic legs an awareness of what is around them.
Rich and fortunate may become physically superior, too.
Redesigning how limbs are amputated to create the right mechanical and electrical interfacing environment that would join the brain directly to the limb.

Heat-sensitive artificial skin mimics viper organ – The Engineer – 30-Jan-2017
Artificial skin can sense temperature changes.
Could enable amputees to sense heat via prosthetics.
Uses a thin film of water and pectin just 20 micrometres thick.
It can detect changes of less than a tenth of a degree.

A robotic hand with a human’s delicate sense of touch – Kurzweil AI – 16-Dec-2016
Uses soft, stretchable optoelectronic sensors in the fingers to detect shape and texture.
Sensors use a 3D-printed mould and a soft-lithography process to create a fluidically powered, stretchable material.
(with video)

3D printed titanium sternum and rib cage (video) – CSIRO – 10-Sep-2015
Cancer patient needed sternum and part of rib cage replaced.
Body scanned for exact anatomy. 3D printed with electron beam metal printer.
Slips over remaining original bones with holes for screws.


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