Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Bionic hand that can feel

We've become almost accustomed now to the sight of an amputee controlling a robotic limb by thought alone. But a great impediment to creating truly life-like robotic limbs has been providing sensory feedback to the amputee - i.e., touch. Researchers from the Swiss-based Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne have recently announced that they are preparing to fit a bionic hand to a man in Rome. If successful this will be a real breakthrough since it should allow a person to control the limb much more accurately .