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Bionic hand gets an eye; grips items automatically

May 04, 2017, 7:02 AM EDT
(Source: Simon Fraser University - University Communications/flickr)
(Source: Simon Fraser University - University Communications/flickr)

In a development that could mark the advent of a new generation of prosthetic limbs, the researchers at Newcastle University have created a bionic hand that “sees” objects for itself and automatically decides how to grip them.

The intuitive hand, loaded with a camera, tracks electrical signals from muscles in the wearer’s arm to figure out the intention to grasp and then uses its artificial intelligence to pick one of the four possible grasping positions, writes New Scientist.

The new technology makes an artificial limb “responsive,” allowing the wearer to grab objects without the use of their brain, notes the BBC.

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