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Missing a hand doesn't mean missing touch, thanks to the bionic sensation tech

09-Feb-2024

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Scientists in Switzerland created a new bionic hand technology called MiniTouch.

MiniTouch helps amputees feel temperature changes in their "phantom limb" (the feeling of having a limb they no longer possess).

The technology works by transferring heat sensations from the prosthetic hand to the user's remaining limb.

In tests, a participant with an above-the-wrist amputation successfully identified different water temperatures and even human touch using MiniTouch.

This non-invasive technology could improve amputees' ability to interact with their surroundings safely and naturally.

While promising, the researchers aim to develop a more advanced system that also transmits other sensations like texture and pressure.

The study was carried out at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and published in the journal Med.

The tech could change lives by letting amputees interact with the world effortlessly

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Med

Clinical and translational research journal

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

University that specializes in natural sciences and engineering.

Missing a hand doesn't mean missing touch, thanks to the bionic sensation tech