Patients Try Most Intuitive Hand Prosthetics Yet in Pilot Trial – The Scientist

ABOVE: Participant Joe Hamilton uses his mind to control a prosthetic hand to pick up a small block.
EVAN DOUGHERTY, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ENGINEERING

Traditional upper limb prosthetics, which often consist of two hooks controlled by a cable to another body part, require people who’ve lost a hand or arm to learn to manipulate a tool that’s connected to their body, rather than to control a prosthetic built to work as their lost limb once did. Even modern strategies that work more intuitively to harness signals coming from remaining nerves and muscles to move a robotic prosthesis might not distinguish between different movement signals—such as those to move the first versus little fingers—or require frequent recalibration.

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